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The Amazing History of Pratt & Whitney

Over the years, Pratt & Whitney has patented hundreds of innovations, from heat-resistant coatings to aerodynamic blades—technologies that make air travel more cost effective, comfortable and dependable. Today Pratt & Whitney engines provide power for everything from land-based power stations, business jets and helicopters to large commercial aircraft, fifth generation fighters, and manned and unmanned space vehicles.

Mark P. Sullivan, former communications director for Pratt & Whitney, provides insight into one of the most iconic names in aviation. Pratt and Whitney rising from humble beginnings in a former cigar warehouse, has become one of the most recognized symbols wherever people fly.

The program, a part of the 2018 Speaker Series, is presented by Connecticut Humanities. It will be held on Sunday, May 20 at 1 p.m. in the museum’s conference room. No charge for NEAM member, $20 fee for non-member includes admission to museum. Reservations are strongly encouraged. Visit or call 860-623-3305.

Daytrip to Battleship Cove

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks is offering a daytrip to Battleship Cove on Saturday, May 19.  The motorcoach will depart from the museum’s parking lot at 8 a.m. Travel in comfort to neighboring Fall River, Mass. and the world’s largest collection of historic Naval Ships. Journey through time from WWII to the Cold War as you trace the footsteps of the sailors aboard the Historic National Landmarks berthed at Battleship Cove. Discover the rich legacy of the brave men and women who served America in uniform, and the technology, firepower and human sacrifice it took to preserve our freedoms. New this year, discover The Story Behind the Steels and Sails—A Sailor’s Life, at Battleship Cove and Closing the Gap, The Role of the Azores during World War II, at the Maritime Museum.

Cost is $95 for adults and $80 for children ages 4–12. There is a discount for museum members. The tour includes transportation, admission to Battleship Cove and a gratuity for the driver. A cafeteria is located on the battleship, or you’re welcome to bring a lunch.

Register at, contact Bob Garguilo at or call 860-623-3305 ext. 317.

Brussels to Berlin Trip

The New England Air Museum offers a 10-day trip to Europe from Sept. 24 to Oct. 5. In conjunction with Steven Ambrose Tours, this trip from Brussels to Berlin is the last half of the famous WWII 101st Band of Brother tour.

Departure will be on Aer Lingus from Bradley International Airport. Highlights include a tour of Brussels, Operation Market Garden, the Battle of the Bulge, Luxembourg and the American Cemetery, sites in Germany with a free day in Berlin.

The cost is $5,100 (double accommodation) and $5,750 (single). There is an additional fee for non-museum members. The tour includes a full-time historian, three- and four-star hotels, touring by private first-class motorcoach, admission to all museums, breakfast daily, three dinners and all gratuities.

A complete itinerary and registration form are available or contact Debbie Reed at or call 860-623-3305 ext. 314.