New England Air Museum

Exterior of the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, C
Exterior of the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT (staff photo)

The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, CT at the Bradley International Airport and is a major national repository of historic Air Force and commercial airplanes.

This fine facility features a series of indoorand outdoor exhibits and displays, and an impressive inventory of over 80 restored, historic aircraft plus related equipment, engine displays, instrument, military uniforms, simulators, and demonstrations as well as hosting special events.

The museum also houses the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial.

Aircraft on Display

Most of the aircraft are located indoors, in three large hangars, with others located outdoors.
A small portion of the indoor exhibits at the New England Air Museum
A small portion of the indoor exhibits at the New England Air Museum (staff photo)

Among the many fine aircraft on display is the B-29 Superfortress "Jack's Hack" shown in the photos below.

The crew was led by Pilot Jack Volkert. The aircraft is beautifully restored, and meticulously maintained by the volunteers at the museum. It is among the finest B-29 restorations that we have seen across the country.

Among the aircraft on display are the following:

  • B-29 Superfortress
  • F-100 Super Sabre
  • F-104 Starfighter
  • A-26 Invader
  • Grumman F6F-5K Hellcat
  • Lockheed A-10 Electra
  • Bell UH-1B Iroquois (Huey)
  • Douglas A-3B Skywarrior
  • Douglas F4D-1 Skyray
  • Martin RB-57A Canberra
  • McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II
  • other aircraft and related equipment

Location, Parking, Admission and Hours

Entrance to the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Exhibit and the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial at the New England Air Museum
Entrance to the Boeing B-29 Superfortress Exhibit and the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial at the New England Air Museum (staff photo)

We last visited the museum in September of 2015, and were impressed with not only the facility and its content, but with the knowledge and friendliness of the staff and volunteers we met.

It is located at 36 Perimeter Rd., Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, CT 06096 (greater Hartford area). The museum is open 7 days a week, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (except Easter, Christmas, Thanksgiving and New Year's Day).

A small, reasonable admission fee is charged. Parking is free. It is staffed by volunteers and staff who do a great job of keeping the facility open and operating, restoring aircraft, and building new exhibits with only limited funding.

Inside, visitors can view a variety of exhibits, dioramas, photographs, maps, memorabilia, research library and videos about the history of the Air Force, commercial aviation, and Connecticut history.

Also located on the premises is the Wings 'n' Things Gift Shop, featuring shirts, caps, airplane models, patches, photographs and many other items related to aviation.

For more information, phone (860) 623-3305, or visit the website of the museum.

 

 

Photo Highlights of the New England Air Museum

B-29A Superfortress "Jack's Hack" S/N 44-61975 at the New England Air Musem in Windsor Locks, CT
B-29A Superfortress "Jack's Hack" S/N 44-61975 at the New England Air Musem in Windsor Locks, CT
Tail guns on the B-29A Superfortress "Jack's Hack"
Tail guns on the B-29A Superfortress "Jack's Hack"
A-26C Invader "Reida Rae" S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT
A-26C Invader "Reida Rae" S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT
A-26C Invader S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Museum
A-26C Invader S/N 43-22499 at the New England Air Museum
F-100 Super Sabre at the New England Air Museum
F-100 Super Sabre at the New England Air Museum

 

 

"Connecticut Air National Guard" markings on the tail of the restored F-100 Super Sabre at the New England Air Museum
"Connecticut Air National Guard" markings on the tail of the restored F-100 Super Sabre at the New England Air Museum
F-104 Starfighter restored and on display at the New England Air Museum
F-104 Starfighter restored and on display at the New England Air Museum
Lockheed A-10 Electra at the New England Air Museum
Lockheed A-10 Electra at the New England Air Museum
VS-44A Excambian on indoor display at the New England Air Museum
VS-44A Excambian on indoor display at the New England Air Museum
462nd Bomb Group, part of the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial at the New England Air Museum
462nd Bomb Group, part of the 58th Bomb Wing Memorial at the New England Air Museum

Interactive Map of the Area Near the New England Air Museum

More Information about the NE Air Museum

For more information, we highly recommend a visit to the website of the New England Air Museum.


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