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“Perfect for Boys of All Ages”

New England Air Museum
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Owner description: The New England Air Museum houses over 80 aircraft in three large hangars and outdoor display area, as well as an extensive collection of engines, instruments, aircraft parts, uniforms and personal memorabilia. Plan a visit today to check out exciting aircraft, displays, exhibits and programs that are perfect for all ages!
Raleigh, North Carolina
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82 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Perfect for Boys of All Ages”
Reviewed May 6, 2012

Just spent over two hours at the New England Air Museum and only saw half of the exhibits. Our 9 and 11 year old boys loved every single inch of the place. I wish I could give it six stars.

Visited May 2012
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Acton, Massachusetts
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“Terrific!”
Reviewed April 23, 2012

For aviation buffs in New England, this is a must see. It's far superior to the Quonset Air Museum in Rhode Island, for example. There are three well-lit hangars with a variety of smartly-displayed military and civil aircraft (accompanied by an occasional legacy bike and automobile for ambiance). Much of what is shown is done so in an educational manner, including a nice video dedication (1st hand and movie clips) to Apollo 13. Several of the planes can be entered provided it's not too busy. There are a dozen additional aircraft outside for those who just can't get enough!

We had a hard time covering the entire museum in 75 minutes. Could have easily spent twice that time. Unfortunately we arrived too close to 5 PM on our way home from vacation. Still, my son took hundreds of photos, and it was definitely worth the detour.

Highlights include the Sigorsky Excambian, DC-3, F-14, a GeeBee Racer replica, and an entire hangar for a B-29 bomber used in WWII, but there's really too much to list.

Admission wasn't too bad ($11 for adults). There's a one dollar discount for AAA.

Visited April 2012
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Stafford Springs, Connecticut
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Trip with 3 boys”
Reviewed April 22, 2012

The boys loved checking out all the different planes & the little plane vehicles were fun for them to play in too!

Visited August 2011
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Hod Hasharon
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“Very Nice Surprise - Well Worth the Drive!!!!!”
Reviewed April 3, 2012

We saw the museum on a Connecticut road map and decided to check it out. I am an ex fighter pilot myself so it seemed interesting. When we drove up to the place we saw a few dilapidated aircraft parked in the museum yard. This didn't look good at all. However, the minute we stepped inside we were very pleasantly surprised. The museum's hangars are full of magnificently restored aircraft from various periods, both commercial and military. Everything is spotlessly clean and meticulously maintained. The museum is very informative through written information next to the exhibits and numerous video stations spread throughout the place with interesting selections of films. It turned out to be the highlight of the day. Highly recommended!!!!!!

Visited March 2012
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Groton, Connecticut
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“A great day at the museum”
Reviewed March 19, 2012

I just spent a day at the Museum and really enjoyed it. Yesterday was Open Cockpit Day where you had a lot more access to the planes and it was a very fun day. I really recommend this museum for anybody in this area. Its located right behind Bradley Airport. You definitely get a great overview of the history of flight here and a lot of access to many different types of planes. Admission is $11.
Some of the planes outside are definitely beat up and show major signs of wear / tear but that is why they are at museums. Hopefully they can be restored at 1 point.

This is a great way to spend a few hours while in the area.

Visited March 2012
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