The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Connecticut will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, February 17. 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.
Special on this date only, visitors will get an up-close look at the Museum’s newly restored Douglas A-26 Invader which saw service in the European theatre in WWII. Aircraft to be open include the North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner, several helicopters and more. The event will be held inside the Museum’s three large, heated display hangars.
In addition to the open cockpit program, the Museum is pleased to welcome artist Gary Velasco, who specializes in vintage aircraft nose art. Mr. Velasco recreated the nose art on the Museum’s B-29 Superfortress, “Jack’s Hack” and will be available to meet with visitors to talk about his work.
Also to be featured will be “America Takes to the Air!” demonstrations about the early days of commercial passenger flight, and the Museum’s Flight Sim Spot will be open for visitors to virtually fly any aircraft, anywhere.
The Open Cockpit program runs from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. with the Museum and gift shop staying open until 5:00 PM. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. For the convenience of all, a food vendor will be on site.
The New England Air Museum is open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Monday through Sunday and is located in Windsor Locks, Conn. adjacent to Bradley International Airport. Take I-91 north or south to CT. exit 40 (Route 20) to Route 75 north. Admission prices: Adults 12 and up $12.00; children 4-11 $6.50; ages 3 and under are free; seniors 65 and up $11.00.