Simulators, Demonstrations & Activities

The New England Air Museum offers a variety of activities, multimedia & drop-in programs for visitors. Programs offered change daily depending on the time of the year. Feel free to contact the Museum to see what activities are available during your visit.


Flight Science Demonstrations

Flight really takes off in our interactive demonstrations about the science and history of flight. From balloons to the Wright Brothers to the Space Shuttle, you can feel the pressure of air, see a balloon launch, explore the Bernoulli Principle and more. Demonstrations are located in the Civilian Aviation Exhibit Hangar.


Build & Fly Activities

Hands-on "build & fly" activities that will spark the imagination and challenge the inquisitive mind. You even get to take your new creations home with you for future flying fun.


America Takes to the Air

Explore the early days of commercial aviation from the Ford Tri-Motor, to the Lockheed Electra, to the Boeing 747, through hands-on, interactive demonstrations. The demonstrations look at the marketing efforts of the early airlines, stewardess requirements, and the technology that was developed that has become the foundation of modern air travel. Visitors will get to see and touch some unique artifacts that tell this amazing story of travel and adventure.


Open Cockpit Tours

Gain a pilot’s eye perspective from the cockpit exploring the controls and flight instruments of select aircraft within our collection.


Grumman E-1B Tracer Cockpit

Children ages three & up can sit in an exact replica of a U.S. Navy reconnaissance aircraft. This is a great opportunity to play pilot, often for the first-time. There are two seats, so mom or dad can join in the fun.


Pedal Planes

Our pedal planes are replicas of the kind of aircraft built and flown by the Wright Brothers. As long as a child can walk under the height bar (53”) she/he can pedal their airplane inside the specially built enclosure.


Coloring Table

We have plenty of colored pencils available for children ages 3 & up to color in up to six caricature drawings of airplanes and helicopters. Everyone is encouraged to bring their artwork home with them. The coloring table is located in KidsPort.


Imagination Dress Up Area

Let your child’s creativity soar at the Imagination Center! Dress-up as a Commercial Pilot, Astronaut or Fight Pilot while engaging in our KidsPort area.


Ercoupe Full-Motion Simulator

Constructed from a real airplane that has been modified, the Ercoupe is a full-motion flight simulator with elevators, ailerons and rudder controls. Young pilots learn how to control an airplane in flight. Children ages 7 & up can fly solo, younger children must be accompanied by an adult guardian.

NOTE: the Ercoupe is available on SUNDAYS only from 12:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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