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 25, 2012 at 02:07 PM
Nice to see the museum do so well but hey I could use a tax break and all these democrats are so quick to give away our tax money and have a press conference and say look at us we are giving away money aren't we such nice people. When in reality all democrats are communists. Too bad the museum is getting involved with such bottom feeders.
WC August 26, 2012 at 01:09 PM
The Museum has some one of a kind aircraft and has grown in popularity. The comment above not withstanding, Peggy Sayers is truly a great person. Democrats are not communists, as much as they care about community and are not socialists as the care about society, not progressive if for progress. This story is not about politics, it is about a great Museum and some who care.
Paul Bahre August 26, 2012 at 01:47 PM
I don't want to disparage the museum in any way but the State of CT is for all practical purposes a one party system. All other parties get drowned out by the big cities. Those of us in the suburbs have been politically silenced. We live in the People's Republik of CT. The DemoKrats have ruined this state and it's Governor stole the last gubernatorial election, with the help of every elected DemoKrat in the state. I don't care if she is a nice person, she is still a Red Commie.
stluva50s August 26, 2012 at 03:08 PM
How silly and paranoid you sound. Are you wearing your tin foil hat and sitting in your fallout shelter? I hope your bunker is air-conditioned, it's hot today. Why is it that the middle-aged white men who post on this board always sound so fearful and nutty? I feel like I am back in the 1950's. Hey Joe, are listening? You would be so proud! GOP - if you can't win them over with fact, win them over with fear! Mission accomplished.
WC August 26, 2012 at 03:52 PM
Agree with stluva50s, it must be sad to blog away, change screens when family comes into the room, so they don't see what is being typed. I have a brother-in-law who believes the same, when we go to family functions he sits in the other room, it is a sad existence.
Paul Bahre August 26, 2012 at 06:16 PM
My family can walk by and see what I'm writing about. I'm not hiding a DAM thing. I use my real name and I'm not necessarily a republican. I am registered republican but I really identify with the libertarian wing of the GOP. I don't have a tin foil hat but I do have a wallet that keeps getting saked by taxes, taxes raised by democrats. I really was not ever this sore with Democrats until I sat one night and watched Dan Malloy and his allies steal an election right in front of everyone in CT. Keeping the polls open in Bridgeport until he had the election all tied up. The Democrats are against: Culling the registration lists of illegal immigrants, and felons. They are against Voter ID because they really want to go on stealing elections. Remember the democrats were the ones who at one time tried to rip this country in two pieces and it took the Republican's to keep it whole.
stluva50s August 27, 2012 at 12:07 AM
There is no shortage of tin foil thank goodness. The paranoia marches on. BTW, what does "saked" mean? I want to make sure my wallet is not going through the same thing....
Elaine O'Brien August 27, 2012 at 01:15 AM
The air museum is a hidden treasure. They have had numerous educational programs over the summer as well as several special events. If you haven't visited in a while, check it out.
M Miller August 27, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Elaine you are so right. Whenever my family visits the Air Museum, we are reminded of the supreme sacrifice our military has made for this country. My husband and I made sure we took our children often to teach them about this part of our history. We recently visited to view Fifi, the B29 and the P51 Mustang. What an amazing experience. I am thrilled to see the Museum receive this funding and we will continue to visit and support them.
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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