The museum is open for visitors on weekends only from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Face coverings are required for all visitors and employees. Everyone should practice safe social distancing. Volunteer docents may be limited, so visitors may enjoy the museum on self-guided tours.
On October 26, 2019, we had a full day of activities to honor and celebrate Western New York’s contribution to breaking the sound barrier. Our visitors and members joined us in celebrating this aviation first and it’s Western NY roots. Just down the street from our museum, in the Bell Wheatfield plant, is where the […]
Curtiss Engineering Corporation test pilot Roland Rohlfs set a Fédération Aéronautique Internationale (FAI) World Record for Altitude when he flew a Curtiss 18T-2 Wasp triplane, U.S. Navy Bureau of Aeronautics serial number A3325, to an altitude of 9,577 meters (31,421 feet) over Roosevelt Field, Long Island, New York.¹ Contemporary sources, however, reported that Rohlfs’ peak altitude was […]
Buffalo Tales, which highlights local stories, has published a review of contributions of companies from the Niagara Region to the Apollo Lunar Landing missions. Read the story at BuffaloTales.net.
26 April 1939: The United States Army Air Corps placed an order for 524 Curtiss-Wright P-40 Warhawks. This was the largest production order for any U.S.-built fighter since World War I. The total cost was $12,872,398. See more details at the excellent This Day in Aviation website.
We were honored to have a visit by Ida May Oakes Forbes who worked at Bell in the 1940s installing rivets in airplanes. She an her family visited the museum where she shared stories and saw many familiar things among our exhibits. We were even able to have her visit the old Bell Aircraft factory […]