Let your imagination soar as you walk through one of the nation’s outstanding aviation museums. Visit the New England Air Museum and travel through the history of aviation. Tour the museum’s three huge exhibit hangars and see more than 80 aircraft from all periods of history. Don’t miss the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial Hangar with the beautifully restored B-29 Superfortress as its centerpiece. See helicopters, amphibians, modern jets and trophy-winning racers. Take a close look at some of the airplanes that so proudly served the World War II, such as the P-47 Thunderbolt, the Corsair and the Hellcat. Enjoy the exhibits which tell the stories of the men and women who built, flew and made history with these famous machines. Guided tours are available for groups of 10 or more by prior arrangements. Watch engaging movies and monitor the Bradley International Airport control tower.
Experience how airplanes move in three-dimensions with their hands at the controls with the Flight Sun Spot. Aircraft available to “fly” include common general aviation and commercial aircraft, and visitors can test their skills at the controls of some of the unique aircraft.
It is recommended that you allow at least one and half hours for your visit, though hard-core aviation enthusiasts will want to spend several hours viewing not only our aircraft and engine displays, but the many fascinating exhibits on such diverse topics as the history of Sikorsky Aircraft, the Lafayette Escadrille, the AVG Flying Tigers, the Tuskegee Airmen, the history of Pratt & Whitney, and many others.
A number of hands-on exhibits for children’s entertainment includes computer flight simulators and pedal-pusher airplanes. There is a small dining area with snack vending machines. Be sure to browse through the “Wings ‘N’ Things gift shop and bring home some of the excitement. Special events, such as “Open Cockpit Days” are held throughout the year.