WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. — Jerry Paul Roberts has been appointed executive director of the New England Air Museum effective Dec. 15, 2014. Roberts succeeds Michael P. Speciale, who retired Dec. 1 after 29 years of service.
Visitors to the National Air and Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center were treated to a surprise holiday performance by The U.S. Air Force Band Dec. 2. The four-minute performance featured original arrangements of Greensleeves and Carol of the Bells led by the band’s commander and conductor Col. Larry H. Lang. Surprised museum visitors watched as instrumentalists started playing in front of Space Shuttle Discovery and then moved to the Boeing Aviation Hangar to join the rest of the band’s more than 100 members, where the drummers played and vocalists burst into song from the museum’s balconies. The crowd gave an enthusiastic ovation when the performance ended.
Groups from The U.S. Air Force Band will perform at the National Air and Space Museum as part of the Smithsonian’s Holiday Festival, Dec. 6‒7.
HONOLULU, Hawaii — The Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor’s efforts to restore the historic structures on Ford Island, in the middle of Pearl Harbor, was given a boost this week when the Emil Buehler Perpetual Trust announced a $1.5 million grant for interior restoration of the iconic Ford Island Control Tower Operations Building.
The Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum received a $6 million pledge from Anne and Travis Engen to support preservation and conservation of the museum’s collection.
This contribution will establish a permanent endowment for a Chair in Conservation and a post-graduate fellowship program that will enable the museum to expand and enhance its conservation efforts. The Engens’ gift is made as part of the Smithsonian Campaign, which launched publicly Oct. 20.
DAYTON, Ohio — A celebration of our nation’s military veterans will be the focus of film presentations in the Air Force Museum’s giant screen theatre on Saturday, Nov. 8.
The Reel Stuff Salute to Heroes will feature five screenings followed by a distinguished speaker, including three decorated World War II and Vietnam combat veterans on stage to share their experiences with the audience.
A new iPad app from the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum helps children learn about airplanes and rockets through four games inspired by the history of early flight.
Pilot Pals, the museum’s first app, also enables children ages 4 to 6 to personalize their experience by naming their hangar and choosing a Pilot Pal to accompany them.
WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. – The New England Air Museum will host its 10th annual Women Take Flight event on Sunday, Nov. 2.
WINDSOR LOCKS, CONN. — The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn., will hold two events on Sunday, Oct. 12.
The first event is the Fall Open Cockpit Day. Visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 12 aircraft. [Read more…]