For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction, which is why every time a human attempts to fly, a bird attempts to drive a stick shift. Explore the primary mandates of physics with today's Groupon to the New England Air Museum at the Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. Choose between the following options:
- For $11, you get admission for two (up to a $22 value).
- For $22, you get admission for four (up to a $44 value).
Children between the ages 4–11 receive discounted admission and children younger than 3 get in free.
With intense dedication to the art of defying gravity, The New England Air Museum educates and engages visitors through interactive tours of an expansive historical aircraft collection. Three large display hangars spanning 75,000 square feet supply ample room for groups of 20–30 guests to chase knowledgeable guides and pursue autographs from legendary aircraft. While delving into stories about the fearless pilots responsible for the advancement of flight, patrons can explore exhibits such as the Military Exhibit Hangar. Computer simulators and a WWII memorial to the 57th fighter group greet guests in the exhibit, whereas the Civilian Hangar Showcase Arena hosts displays on the Wright brothers' engines and historic squadrons including the Tuskegee Airmen and the Lafayette Escadrille of WWI. A Boeing B-29A Superfortress, one of WWII's largest and most powerful bombers, resides at the museum along with a VS-44 flying boat, a Silas Brooks balloon basket, and a Ford Model T that was raised by planes.
New England Air Museum
It takes three large exhibit hangars and an open-air tarmac to hold New England Air Museum’s large collection of more than 80 civilian and military aircraft. Here you can see one of the remaining Boeing B-29 Superfortresses, one of the most advanced bombers during World War II. The museum also contains the Republic RC-3 Seabee, a single-engine amphibian aircraft. The collection encompasses helicopters, gyrocopters, and gliders. There’s even the Silas Brooks Balloon Basket, a basket circa-1870 that’s thought to be the oldest surviving aircraft in the United States.
A variety of special events run periodically, such as kid-friendly demonstrations that explain of the scientific principles that make flight possible, and the Build and Fly Station, where visitors are encouraged construct and keep their own aircraft.