The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut, will be holding two special events on Sunday, October 13th; their fall Open Cockpit Day and the Second Annual Great New England RC Swap Meet. Visitors will be allowed to climb in to some of the Museum’s vintage warbirds and see the latest and greatest in radio controlled model aircraft.
The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in New England and boasts three large hangars and an outdoor display area contain more than 80 aircraft. THe museum’s impressive collection includes the oldest surviving aircraft in the United States, the 1870 Silas M. Brooks Balloon Basket, as well as an S-39 Amphibian plane, the first aircraft built in Connecticut by aviation pioneer Igor Sikorsky.
Aircraft scheduled to be open to the public include the Museum’s Vietnam War-era Bell UH-1B Iroquois, more commonly referred to as a “Huey”, a vintage Douglas DC-3 airliner, a North American F-100 Super Sabre, a Coast Guard Sikorsky HH-52A (S-62A) Seaguard, a Lockheed F-104C Starfighter, as well as a Gulf War I veteran Fairchild A-10 Thunderbolt II AKA a “Warthog.” The museum is promising for up to a dozen craft to be open for the event, with additional open cockpits TBA.
Access to the Second Annual Great New England RC Swap Meet, co-sponsored by the Wintonbury Flying Club is also included with Museum admission. Visitors will have an opportunity to learn about all aspects of RC aviation from remote control airplane enthusiasts and all types of RC aircraft, parts and accessories will be available for purchase as well as RC simulators that will be available for visitors to try.
Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the Museum’s “Flight Sim Spot” full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout the day and a food vendor will be onsite serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages.
For more information about the Museum in general or these events in particular, visit the New England Air Museum website.