Learning about Connecticut’s aviation history

WINDSOR LOCKS, Conn. (WTNH) — Connecticut has a deep, rich history when it comes to aviation. Part of what’s in the sky started on the ground in Connecticut. One man makes it his mission to make aviation’s past part of the future.

New England Air Museum Tour Guide Rich Jensen has always loved airplanes. As a kid, he spent time playing with airplanes, building modern airplanes, and reading about airplanes. Once he retired, he became a tour guide at the museum.

He says most of the people who work at the museum are volunteers, very dedicated volunteers.

Looking back on the history of aviation, some of the companies that helped influence that history are all Connecticut companies; Pratt and Whitney, Hamilton Standard, Avco Lycoming, and Command.

The New England Air Museum was originally an outdoor exhibit located on the other side of the airport, until a tornado came through.

“But from that bad thing, a good thing happened. We got a lot of support from the State of Connecticut, the people of Connecticut, and since then, we’ve grown to three hangars, said Jensen.

The museum is located at 36 Perimeter Road in Windsor Locks.


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