New England Air Museum to Get $500,000 State Grant

State Reps. Peggy Sayers and Elaine O'Brien said the state bonding commission is expected to approve the grant at its August 31 meeting.


State Representatives Peggy Sayers, D-Windsor/Windsor Locks, and Elaine O’Brien, D-East Granby/Suffield/Windsor, announced Friday that a $500,000 grant-in-aid for the is expected to be approved at the next meeting of the state Bond Commission. The legislators worked to secure the funding.

The state Bond Commission is scheduled to meet at 10:30 a.m August 31, in Room 1E, Legislative Office Building.

Located at Bradley International Airport, the museum is the largest aviation museum in New England. The museum, governed by a volunteer board of directors, is an educational organization dedicated to preserving and presenting historically significant aircraft, welcoming visitors and providing students with hands-on educational programs.

The grant to the New England Air Museum is for an education and conference center and to expand hangar space.

“I am very excited that the New England Air Museum is getting this grant,” Sayers said in a press release. “The staff does a terrific job of providing educational programs for students in our area schools that are unique and inspiring.”

“Our New England Air Museum is worthy of this grant because of the great work of their staff and volunteers,” O’Brien said said in a press release. “It’s important that the Museum will not only continue to preserve and present the history of aviation, but will welcome visitors to our region of the state and enhance our quality of life.”

The legislators thanked Governor Dannel P. Malloy for acting on their request for the funding.

Paul Bahre August 27, 2012 at 02:31 AM
I spent 5 years in the Air Force. I know the sacrifice the military has made for our country. I'm just so sick of Democrats trying to ruin this country. They want to kill off the f35 fighter program just like the killed off the f22. They only want money to give away to welfare adn social programs when the rest of us are trying to make ends meet they are doing their level best to kill off the economy and inovation and anything that might make money. Obama said that no company has, on it's own made it's way to success without the government's help. That without the help of the government there is no way you can be successful. That is crap thinking. and the reason I believe that democrats are evil to their core.
Paul Bahre August 27, 2012 at 02:37 AM
Saked means my wallet takes a hit every time the democrats decide to raise a tax and empty my wallet and the wallets across CT. Democrats do not believe in private wealth. My wallet is their wallet. Corporations with wealth are just another place with untapped and unrealized taxes. They make me sick. Quit with the taxes and the transfer of private wealth to the public coffers. Every time an democrat politician or any politician stands in front of you and brags how they "brought' more tax money into their community' take hold of your wallet because your pocket is being picked.
stluva50s August 27, 2012 at 11:54 PM
Ok, if you have to make up a word and then make up the definition, you must be pretty desperate to make your point or you need to buy a dictionary or Thesaurus. Either that or you think the people who frequent these boards are stupid! They aren't! A little more tin foil may be needed. Try a garlic necklace. It may keep those evil Democrats away
M Miller August 28, 2012 at 12:21 AM
Paul Bahre, Thank you for your service to our country. However, I don't think this article is the place to denigrate the Museum and what it represents to so many who volunteer to make it the wonderful place that it is and to so many who patronize. It represents so much more than words can describe. There are so many other forums here to vent your obvious dissatisfaction with politicians. The Museum is apolitical.
WC August 28, 2012 at 02:50 AM
Paul, Thank you for your service, I retired after 22 years from the US Army. Your perspective is understood, but Democrats are not actually evil. The fighter programs you mention, F22 Raptor and the F35 Joint Strike Fighter would be needed in a conventional "Air / Land Battle", but we are in the midst of an unconventional war with terrorists and IED's. Much of the strike capability can be handled by smart weapons at much less risk to air crews. It is OK to mothball the technology and not spend critical resources on aircraft that would never be used. The NE Air Museum is, as most agree, a gem, the news tonight mentioned that they were awarded the grant, which I interpret as awarded based on the quality and public benefit. Good luck on your quest to save this fledgling republic. Stop by the museum, I bet you get your dollars worth.


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