Open Cockpit Day Feb. 15
The New England Air Museum will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Feb. 15. On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to eight vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and one static flight simulator. The open cockpits include the Vietnam era “Huey” helicopter; the North American F-100 Super Sabre jet fighter; the Coast Guard HU-25 Falcon; the Lockheed F-104C Starfighter and more.
Museum educators will provide hands-on activities for younger visitors and the museum’s Flight Sim Spot full-flight simulator experience will be available throughout most of the day. For the convenience of visitors, a food vendor will be on site serving sandwiches, snacks and beverages. The event will be held inside the museum’s three large, heated display hangars.
The Open Cockpit program runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the museum and gift shop staying open until 5 p.m. Sneakers or rubber-soled shoes are recommended. Admission is $12 for ages 12 and up, $11 for seniors 65 and up and $6.50 for ages 4 to 11. Children under 3 are admitted free.
Winter break fun
The New England Air Museum will hold family fun activities Feb. 16 through 20. The museum's Flight Sim Spot will be open each of these days between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. The Flight Sim Spot allows visitors to use state-of-the-art simulators using real cockpit controls.
Feb. 16 and 17, LEGO Contest. Step into a room full of LEGOs and create a Space Exploration flying machine. The program is for ages 3–12 and will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Each day, prizes will be awarded for each age category: 3–5, 6–8 and 9–12.
Feb. 18, Aero Modeling Workshop. This program runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. This activity takes about an hour and a half to complete. Children ages 8–14 can build and fly their own models. All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is a $5 cost for the kit.
Feb. 19, Open Cockpit. The Museum will host an Open Cockpit program with up to eight aircraft to be open including helicopters, an airliner, a jet fighter and a WWII aircraft. All cockpits will close at 4 p.m.
Feb. 20, Straw Rocket Competition. Design a rocket built around a straw that will fly to a specified target using a compressed air launcher.
Activities are included with the price of admission on the day of your visit except where noted. Each day, docents will be on hand to provide information and to interact with the visitors. For more information, visit www.neam.org or call 860-623-3305.