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The Connecticut Air & Space Center is a place where history comes alive. The volunteer-run, nonprofit air museum is just one of two educational organizations of its type located in the state of Connecticut, and the only one located in a portion of an original World War II aircraft factory. Visitors can expect to discover over 16 vintage aircraft either on display, in restoration, or in storage. In addition, an ever-expanding collection of memorabilia and artifacts are on display in various exhibits.
Founded in 1998, the museum currently occupies Buildings 6 and 53 of the former Stratford Army Engine Plant complex, which closed in 1999. The museum is one of only a handful throughout the United States to be located in a portion of an original World War II aircraft factory.
Know Before You Go
The museum is located on government property and is maintained by a security staff. The CASC is only open to those 18 and over after receiving a safety briefing and signing a waiver to enter. It's open Tuesday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Note: do not expect to walk into the Smithsonian. This is a down-to-earth museum/restoration shop filled with volunteers who workto bring back these old aircraft. The original R & D hangar the museum is located in is as historically significant (and creepy) as the aircraft inhabiting it.