Situated in three hangars just north of Bradley International AIrport, of Windsor, CT, the New England Air Museum was established after the original collection then called the Bradley AIr Museum was churned up by a freak Connecticut tornado in October 1979. The once magnificent collection had been scattered in literally to the winds, so when the indoor facility was established, it would be able to shelter extraodinary rare planes no longer in existence.
This writer was on a soccer field some fifteen miles away when that black sky tornado touched down and destroyed what had been the finest collection of military aircraft in the eastern seaboard. Note this was well before the Smithsonian Institution opened their record setting National Air and Space Museum in Washington DC. Perhaps the plight of these destroyed classic aircraft was what helped push the NASM out of theory into record setting reality.
In any case the New England Air Museum has been in this location since 1981 and the crown jewel of the collection is a rebuilt B-29 called Jack's Hack. If the nose of this beauty looks familiar it is because Hollywood legend George Lucas used that part of this plane as the cockpit for his scifi craft the Millenium Falcon, as seen in a host of Star Wars movies. Imagine a hot rod mash up of a flying saucer grafted to a B-29 nose. That is what one sees in these blockbuster movies.
New England Air Museum
36 Perimeter Rd.,
Windsor Locks, CT,