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!
Some of the many model planes hanging from the ceiling in the museum lobby.
The nose wheel does not steer the aircraft. That is done with differential braking and engine control.
View up from the ground to the bombardiers office. Tail gunner position
This retractable skid protects the tail of the aircraft during takeoff rotation.
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.
This not so great shot is from the rear of the flight deck into the tunnel to the rear of the plane.
Cockpit where the pilot and co-pilot did their job.
This CAF volunteer is seated at the flight engineers station directly behind the cockpit.
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.
F-86 Saber Jet P-47 Thunderbolt
B-25 Mitchell bomber
No set of airplane photos would not be complete without a Piper J-3 Cub
My eye doctor Roger Van Dyke, now retired, flew one of these off aircraft carriers during the Vietnam war.
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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