Aviation adventure

East Granby - posted Jun, 14 2013

WINDSOR LOCKS – Aviation enthusiasts of all ages will have a rare opportunity to go “airside” at Bradley International Airport when the New England Air Museum presents its first-ever Great Aviation Adventure. The two-day event will take place on Saturday, June 22 and Sunday, June 23 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on the ramp of Signature Flight Support at Bradley International Airport, across the airfield from the terminals. All parking and ticket sales will be at the New England Air Museum at 36 Perimeter Road (off Route 75) at the North end of the airport. From there, event shuttle buses will transport attendees to Signature Flight, a short distance away. For security purpose, backpacks or duffle bags will not be permitted onto the shuttle buses or while on the “airside” of the airport, and random searches may be conducted. The Great Aviation Adventure will be the biggest fundraiser of 2013 for the New England Air Museum. More than two dozen aircraft will be parked on view, with several offering visits into the cockpits. Featured will be helicopters, corporate jets, military aircraft, antiques, and even home-built planes. The centerpiece of the Great Aviation Adventure weekend will be a flying B-25J Mitchell, restored as "Panchito,” an aircraft that was stationed in the central Pacific during World War II. There will be five scheduled flights each day: at 9:30 and 11 a.m., 12:30, 2 and 3:30 p.m., with five passengers per ride. A ride on Panchito is a $425 per person donation to the Delaware Aviation Museum Foundation, and will be taken on a first-come-first-served basis. Reservations for a ride on Panchito should be made by calling Debbie Reed, 860- 623-3305 ext. 314. Ground aircraft display will include the Connecticut Army National Guard’s UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter, Sikorsky’s commercial S-76 helicopter, and a 1955 Hiller H-12c helicopter. On view will be the Connecticut Army National Guard’s C-23 “Sherpa” military transport aircraft, a North American T-28 Trojan military trainer aircraft, C-21-Learjet 35, Cessna 172, Jabiru Light Sport, Zenith CH-801 STOL, and a Bombardier Challenger 850 business aircraft, and an RV-6 homebuilt plane, with more to be added as the event nears. Tickets for the Great Aviation Adventure must be purchased on-site on event weekend at the New England Air Museum and include: Admission to the event; round-trip shuttle bus transportation from the museum to the display; and a one-day admission pass to the museum that can be used that day or another day in the future. Ticket prices are: $17 for adults and children ages 12 and over; $6.50 for ages 4 through 11; $16 for seniors ages 65 and over; and free for children ages 3 and under. The New England Air Museum will open at 8:30 a.m. on both days with the first shuttle bus to depart at 8:45 a.m. The last Great Aviation Adventure tickets will be sold at 3:30 p.m. each day. All proceeds from the Great Aviation Adventure will benefit the New England Air Museum. For more information, call the New England Air Museum at 860-623-3305 or visit www.neam.org.

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