New England Air Museum, Bradley International Airport, Windsor Locks, Connecticut

A real treasure, with a fine mixture of civil, military and experimental aircraft, including the only remaining American large commercial flying boat, the Vought-Sikorsky VS-44.

The museum and many exhibits were severely damaged by a tornado which struck on October 2, 1979, just before the museum was due to move across the airfield to its present location. Disaster relief funds helped the move to the new site, and most exhibits have been restored since then.

Aircraft Reg'n Thumbs Notes
Aeronca 50C Chief NC21070 (N21070) The prototype - 1938
Bell AH-1S Cobra (TOWCobra) 70-15981 US Army. TOW - Tube-launched, Optically tracked, Wire-guided anti-tank missile - the Boeing BGM-71 - this version couold cary 8 of them.
Bell UH-1B Iroquois (Huey) 62-12550 USAF
Bensen B-8M Gyro-Copter N3112 Plans-built, flew around 600 hours.
Bleriot XI N9781 A 1909 original "Ernest Hall No 1". Flew until 1917, restored and flew 1966-75. Damaged in the 1979 tornado, restoration was done to a high standard.
Boeing B-29A Superfortress 44-61975 Too late for WW2, served in the US, England and Libya until 1956. Restored by the museum as 44-61566 55, "Jack's Hack".
Bunce-Curtiss Pusher   In 1912 Howard Bunce made this copy of a Curtiss - not very successfully.
Burnelli (CCF) CBY-3 Loadmaster N17N The only Burnelli lifting-body surviving. Built in Canada, flown from 1944-50 - very successful, but never attracted orders. Ex CF-BEL-X
De Havilland Canada DHC-2 U-6A Beaver 57-2570 NH-NG US Army
De Havilland Canada DHC-4 C-7A Caribou 62-4188 US Army - Connecticut AVCRAD (Aviation Classification Repair Activity Depot). Its 1991 flight to the Museum was the last ever official C-7 flight.
Douglas A-3B Skywarrior 142246 US Navy - spent most of its career as a test aircraft at Patuxent River.
Douglas A-4A (A4D-1) Skyhawk 142219 IA-153 NL-314 US Navy - a Vietnam veteran built in 1957.
Douglas DC-3 N165LG Taino Air (a Bahamas airline in the '80s). Ex NC14922, C-49J 43-1973, N14922, N792G
Douglas F4D-1 Skyray 134836 US Navy
Fairchild-Republic A-10A Thunderbolt II 79-0173 CT-173 USAF
Fokker Dr.1 Triplane replica    
Gee Bee Model A N901K First of the Granville Brothers' aircraft designs - the only non-racer. Nine built in 1929.
Gee Bee R-1 Super Sportster replica 'NR2100' (N2100) The Granville Brothers donated the plans to the Museum on condition that the authentic replica would never be flown.
Goodyear ZNP-K K-28 control cab   Gondola from the US Navy K-class convoy patrol and anti-submarine blimp. Later used by Goodyear for testing their advertising lighting system.
Great Lakes 2T-1A Sportster replica N107C A flying replica, built from original plans in 1980 - not 'new' production.
Grumman HU-16E (UF-1G) Albatross 51-7228 Originally a USAF SA-16A, converted with longer wings to a US Coast Guard UF-1G.
Grumman E-1B Tracer 147217 AF-011 "Stoof with a roof" built in 1957. The last Tracer to leave US Navy service (in 1977). 88 were built.
Grumman F-14B Tomcat 162926AG-143 "Pukin' Dogs" US Navy
Gyrodyne QH-50C DASH DS-1320 DASH = Drone Anti-Submarine Helicopter. Radio-controlled and turbine-engined, it could carry two torpedoes. Over 370 built.
Heath LNB-4 Parasol N13296 The prototype?
Hiller OH-23G Raven 62-3812 US Army
Kaman HH-43F Huskie 60-0289 USAF - possibly a composite built from spares.
Kaman K-16B 04351 Tilt-rotor VTOL testbed based on a Grumman Goose - a US Navy project. Tethered testing between 1959 and 1962 was "not entirely successful". Ex N1523V
Kaman K-225 N401A The oldest surviving Kaman - their fifth aircraft, built in 1949. The intermeshing blades were developed by Anton Flettner, Kaman's chief designer.
Laird LC-DW300 Solution NR10538 (N10538) 77 The original of this famous 1930 racer, restored by the museum with help from the designer, Matty Laird.
Lazor-Rautenstrauch LR-1A 'Nick's Special' N11ZZ Homebuilt Formula 1 racer built in 1970, based on plans developed by John Lazor and Robert Rautenstrauch in 1950.
Lockheed 10A Electra 'NC14262' (N14262) 66 Northwest Airlines livery. Ex-US Navy XR20-1 0267 delivered in 1936, N57573.
Lockheed TV-2 (T-33B) Training Star 138048 US Navy, was going to be USAF 53-5646, but, along with 699 other T-33As, diverted to the Navy and later redesignated T-33B.
Lockheed F-94C Starfire 51-13575 Ist US production aircraft with an afterburner, the F-94 was developed from the T-33 as an all-weather interceptor. The C served 1951-59.
Marcoux-Bromberg R-3 Special NX14215 (N14215) Designed by Keith Rider as the R-3 racer, Modified by Hal Marcoux and Jack Bromberg. Flew 1936-39.
Martin RB-57A Canberra 52-1488 USAF. The B-57A wasn't a success but 67 of the photo-recce version were built and served 1953-71
MD F-4D Phantom II 66-0269 HS USAF Vietnam veteran - shot down a MiG-21 in 1972.
Mead Rhon Ranger Primary Glider replica   1979 replica of this 1930 basic training glider. Looks like a version of the DFS SG-38 Schulgleiter
Mig-15 'Fagot' 83277 Chinese Air Force markings. Possibly ex-China, or possibly a Polish LIM-2. Ex N2276H.
Monnett Monerai S N32WS Fitted with the optional 3ft (total) wing extensions to improve the glide ratio.
Nixon Special Unknown 1918 home-built, flown for The Colonial Air Lines until 1926. Last flown in 1958.
North American B-25H Mitchell N3970C As USAF 43-4381 42 "Dog Daize". Ex 43-4999, Dominican Air Force 2503.
North American F-86F Sabre 51-13371 FU-371 USAF
North American F-100A Super Sabre 52-5761 USAF
Northrop F-89J Scorpion 52-1896 USAF: 350 of the D version were converted to the J standard to carry two MB-1 nuclear armed rockets.
Pioneer Flightstar MC N54209 Popular ultralight, even used as a Brazilian Navy trainer. This airframe was first registered in 1984.
Piper J-3L-65 Cub NC31091 (N31091) One of the 6,000 plus J-3s built in 1946 - a record never surpassed by a civil aircraft.
Pratt-Read LNE-1 (TG-32) 31561 US Navy, ex N5346G. Designed as a trainer for naval glider operations in the Pacific theatre, which were soon ruled out. 75 built, transferred to the Air Force, then stored and sold after WW2. Altitude record holder.
Republic P-47D Thunderbolt 45-49458 With the Peruvian Air Force from 1947 to 2002. Now in the markings of USAF 45-0344 54 Norma.
Republic RC-3 Seabee N6705K Built in 1948.
Rutan Quickie N175HM  
Rutan VariEze N477CM The third VariEze built, 1977.
Sikorsky S-16 replica   A 1915 design - 18 were delivered to the Imperial Russian Air Force. Underpowered, but served to 1923.
Sikorsky R-4B Hoverfly 43-46503 NX92820 (N92820) This was a Sikorsky test aircraft.
Sikorsky R-6A Hoverfly II (Doman LZ-1A conversion) N74146 43-45480 Glidden Doman worked on the R-6 with Sikorsky, and went on to pioneer hingeless rotors, with this Army-donated helicopter in 1947.
Sikorsky S-39B NC803W (N803W) Built in 1930, this is the oldest surviving Sikorsky aircraft, and was operated by the Civil Air Patrol in Delaware in WW2, the crew being the first civilians to gain the Air Medal.
Sikorsky S-51 N5219 Served in Canada as RCAF 9602 1947-64. Sold in the USA, now restored as a Sikorsky executive transport.
Sikorsky LH-34D Seabat (S-58) 145717 An LH because it was modified for US Navy Antarctic operations.
Sikorsky HH-52A Seaguard (S-62A) 1428 US Coast Guard - served in Antarcica.
Sikorsky CH-54B (S-64A) Skycrane (Tarhe) 69-18465 US Army - the pod is from 68-18589.
Stearman PT-17 Kaydet 41-8786 N374RA A trainer for the Tuskegee Airmen. Shares the B-29 hangar.
Stinson 10A Voyager N34645 Built in 1941.
Sud Caravelle VI-R N902MW Airborne Express. Ex United Airlines N1003U, Sterling Airlines OY-SAH.
Viking B-8 Kittyhawk N13250 Around examples were built 1930-31. Developed from the Bourdon B-4 Kittyhawk.
Vought XF4U-4 Corsair 80759 Third pre-production prototype of the -4, used for weapons testing.
Vought-Sikorsky VS-44A 'Excambian' NC41881 (N41881) Ex US Navy JR2S-1 12391. American Export Airlines livery - operated by them, then by Tampico Airlines, Avalon Air Transport, and Antilles Air Boats.