KeyBank Grant Allows Veterans to Visit the New England Air Museum
Now that the New England Air Museum is again open to the public, following a 10-week COVID-19 related shutdown, all veterans and military service members will be admitted free of charge throughout the remainder of 2020.
“The New England Air Museum is pleased that we are able to reopen safely for our visitors, and we look forward to providing free admission to our veterans and military servicemen and women,” says Debbie Reed, the Museum’s Executive Director. “We want to share our aircraft collection and exhibits with people who often have firsthand experience flying or working on them.”
A partnership between the Museum and KeyBank makes this opportunity possible.
The Museum has taken several measures to ensure the safety of our visitors, staff, and volunteers, including keeping our large hangar doors open for airflow, ensuring guests wear masks and maintain social distance, and providing ample hand sanitizer.
The Museum’s Military Hangar has 14 aircraft currently on display. Several other military planes and helicopters are in storage and will be rotated into the exhibit hangars during the year. These include an F-14 Tomcat (the kind Tom Cruise flew in Top Gun) and an A-10 Thunderbolt (commonly referred to as a Warthog). With a total of three hangars, visitors can see over 55 aircraft, dozens of engines and diverse exhibits including a WWII Blimp Car, the world’s oldest balloon basket, and even an exhibit of space artifacts.
“As a recognized Military Friendly® company KeyBank is proud to support our region’s military veterans in many ways every day. This partnership is just one more way that we can show our appreciation, and also support one of Connecticut’s true treasures,” says James R. Barger, KeyBank’s market president for Connecticut and Massachusetts and a U.S. Navy veteran.
The New England Air Museum is open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday for the remainder of the year. Admission is $16.00 for ages 15 and up, $14.00 for seniors 65 and up, and $10.00 for ages 4 to 14. New England Air Museum members, children under 3, and all veterans and military servicemen and women with military identification are admitted free.
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