Visited this air museum just minutes off the highway near Bradley Airport outside of Hartford. My young adult son and I wandered around on a weekday afternoon. There were few visitors so we took our time looking at all of the exhibitions.This museum has three wings with aircraft, as well as a few more aircraft on the fields outside of the museum. One docent approached us early in our visit and offered my son the opportunity to sit in two cockpits. (The museum does offer open cockpit days with perhaps more planes being open, but these two were just fine for us, and on a day without crowds!) As he sat in the planes, the docent gave us more details about the history of the plane, the mechanics, the innovations of that model compared to others in the collection and the role it played in whatever war it was involved in. My son is an avid aviation fan and was able to engage in meaningful dialogue with the docent. Standing in the giant bomb bay of the B-29 Super Fortress and hearing the docent explain the role it played in the Pacific theater in WWII was engaging. The exhibits are pretty modest in design (compared to more modern museums) but there is nice collection of war memorabilia from local Connecticut families to keep me interested (I'm less of a techy and more interested in the human interest side of history) while my son looked at the mechanical engineering displays. There is a small gift shop with collectibles, toys and some books and models. Vending machines offer snacks and sodas. There is little air conditioning so it may get hot in the summer, but not unbearable. We did not take advantage of the Flight Simulator spot (for a small extra fee) but noticed staff there waiting to assist if we wanted to give it a try. There is also a small area for games/imagination play for littler kids. We were pleasantly surprised to see this large collection of aircraft right in our backyard. We've visited Air & Space in DC and at Dulles Airport many times, but now we have a more local place to enjoy this part of history. Well worth the $12 fee for adults.
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