Explore New England's rich and dynamic history in aviation through these unique exhibits located throughout the Museum's three heated and air-conditioned hangars.
Plans are underway to create a new permanent exhibit at NEAM dedicated to honor the many achievements of women in aviation. The exhibit will focus on inspirational New England women who have made significant contributions to the history and industry of aviation. You can learn more here.
A tribute to the first aviation unit to be deployed to what is now Bradley International Airport
Dedicated to the first unit in WWII to take the B-29 Superfortress into combat
The centerpiece of this Memorial is the A-26 Invader “Reida Rae” which flew 39 combat missions with the 416th in Europe
Highlighting the story of Museum member Robert D. Powers of New Britain, Conn. who was a waist gunner on one of this group’s B-24 Liberators in combat over Europe
The story of the great German, British and American airships from 1900 through WWII
Constructed and flown in 1993 to mark the 200th anniversary of the first manned flight in America made by French aeronaut Jean-Pierre Blanchard in Philadelphia
Built and flown by Plymouth, Connecticut native and aeronaut Silas Brooks in the 1870’s, this is the oldest surviving American built aircraft
The fascinating story of Ned Rice who served his country as a Naval aviator and then went on to a brilliant career as an aerospace engineer at United Technologies followed by a series of aviation adventures and explorations shared with his wife Janet with whom he flew as a private pilot for many years
The inspiring story of how a handful of entrepreneurs and brilliant engineers moved to Connecticut and founded Pratt & Whitney which was to become one the world’s greatest aerospace companies
A comprehensive tribute to the great aviation pioneer who started his aviation work in Czarist Russia and then in the United States with the development of amphibians and flying boats, culminating with his design and building the world’s first practical helicopter
An exhibit honoring the glider pilots of WWII who undertook some of the most dangerous and riskiest missions of the war
A collection on artifacts honoring Connecticut native who was an inventor, and aviation pioneer.
This exhibit tells of their painstaking work with kites and gliders to understand the aerodynamics of flight prior to designing their first airplane. Included in the exhibit are original photographs along with their second oldest surviving aero engine
Tom frequently does presentations about the AVG Flying Tigers at NEAM (and elsewhere). More information about them can be found at www.flyingtigersavg.com.