New England Air Museum

35 Perimeter Road
Windsor Locks , CT

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On Friday, Saturday and Sunday June 8, 9 and 10 2012 the New England Air Museum had the privileged of hosting the Commemorative Air Force's Boeing B-29 Superfortress.  The airplane know as "FiFi" is the only example of the aircraft still flying.  

The Air Museum is a top quality facility and well worth a visit at any time but having FiFi there was icing on the cake! I left the house at 7:15 and drove up to Windsor Locks hoping to arrive ahead of "the crowd" and the plan worked to perfection.  The museum provided ample parking and a school bus to take visitors from the museum property to where the B-29 was parked.  I was able to get into the plane with only a short wait for my turn and had several pleasant conversations with other aviation enthusiasts.  All in all a pretty terrific day!

DSC04770.jpg (237163 bytes) DSC04771.jpg (167569 bytes)  Some of the many model planes hanging from the ceiling in the museum lobby.

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DSC04774.jpg (180723 bytes)  The nose wheel does not steer the aircraft.  That is done with differential braking and engine control.

DSC04775.jpg (132052 bytes)  View up from the ground to the bombardiers office.  DSC04781.jpg (105151 bytes)  DSC04785.jpg (104659 bytes)  Tail gunner position

DSC04783.jpg (152783 bytes)  This retractable skid protects the tail of the aircraft during takeoff rotation.

DSC04792.jpg (234686 bytes)  DSC04793.jpg (173645 bytes)  The aircraft was pressurized for the crew.  Directly above the hatch seen in this photo is a tunnel that let the crew move from the front to the rear of the plane.

DSC04794.jpg (147708 bytes)  This not so great shot is from the rear of the flight deck into the tunnel to the rear of the plane.

DSC04796.jpg (196916 bytes)  DSC04797.jpg (242475 bytes)  Cockpit where the pilot and co-pilot did their job.

DSC04798.jpg (228756 bytes)  This CAF volunteer is seated at the flight engineers station directly behind the cockpit.

DSC04799.jpg (128464 bytes)  DSC04800.jpg (131737 bytes)  DSC04801.jpg (136934 bytes)  Also on display was this fine example of the North American P-51 "Mustang".

After going to see the B-29 I spent considerable time wandering the exhibits in the museum.

DSC04809.jpg (191470 bytes) F-86 Saber Jet   DSC04811.jpg (197772 bytes)  DSC04812.jpg (219040 bytes)  DSC04813.jpg (179334 bytes)  DSC04814.jpg (208781 bytes)  DSC04815.jpg (183964 bytes)  P-47 Thunderbolt

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DSC04859.jpg (205953 bytes)  No set of airplane photos would not be complete without a Piper J-3 Cub    DSC04860.jpg (213555 bytes)  DSC04861.jpg (257793 bytes)

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DSC04829.jpg (197185 bytes)  DSC04830.jpg (194479 bytes)  My eye doctor Roger Van Dyke, now retired, flew one of these off aircraft carriers during the Vietnam war. 

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DSC04855.jpg (344471 bytes)  DSC04856.jpg (237834 bytes)  When I worked at Pratt & Whitney Aircraft in the late 60;s they owned one of these and would hang a variety of engines on it for testing.  We would occasionally see it flying into or out of Rentschler Field in East Hartford, CT

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