The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, January 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.
As 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. For the convenience of all, a food vendor will be on site. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars.
The Open Cockpit program runs from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM with the Museum and Gift Shop staying open until 5:00 PM. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. The New England Air Museum is located in Windsor Locks, Conn. adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to Conn. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north.
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. This educational organization is dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft and related artifacts, engaging visitors through high-quality exhibits helping them to understand aviation technology and history and inspiring students through innovative and hands-on educational programs.