Museum slates Open Cockpit Day

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Jan. 20. On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. Among the aircraft to be open is a North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner and the museum’s newly refurbished U.S. Navy SH-2F Kaman Seasprite helicopter (pictured below).

DSC_0022As an added feature, the Wings & Wheels Modelers Club will present a show featuring hundreds of plastic scale models of airplanes, military vehicles, figures, ship and cars. There will be ongoing demonstrations by modelers who will be working on and building models throughout the day.

There also will be hands-on activities and demonstrations about the science of flight for the enjoyment of the younger visitors during the event. The event will be held inside the museum’s three heated display hangars.

The Open Cockpit program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the museum and Gift Shop staying open until 5 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended.

The New England Air Museum is owned and operated by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association, a private, non-profit educational institution organized in 1959. Located at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks, the museum is the largest aviation museum in New England.

For more information: 860-623-3305 or NEAM.org

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