Upon entering the Niagara Aerospace Museum, you will see the fuselage of this Bell P-39Q, SN 44-9211, that has a most unique history. It was one of the 9,584 P-39s that rolled out of the Bell Aircraft Wheatfield plant from 1940 -1944. It was also one of the 4,773 P-39s sent to Russia during WWII […]
This month we highlight the Bell Lunar Landing Research Vehicle (LLRV) and Lunar Landing Training Vehicle (LLTV). While the museum doesn’t have an actual LLRV or LLTV on display, we have a scale model illustrating its unique propulsion system and expert docents happy to discuss this incredible piece of Western New York aerospace history. Neil […]
The museum received a “One Small Step” grant from the Space 3.0 Foundation for the purchase of a document scanner that we will use in our library. With this scanner, the museum can now digitize paper materials in our library for easier searching and sharing with researchers. Materials to be scanned include technical documents, correspondence, […]
At the conclusion of WWII, the United States became embroiled in a Cold War with the Soviet Union. It became evident that in order to evaluate the Soviet strengths and weaknesses, the United States had to have access to aerial surveillance. This culminated in the United States developing “Spy-in-the-Sky” satellites. In June of 1956 Lockheed […]
We are saddened by the recent loss of some good friends to the museum, Hugh Neeson and Nelson Faso. Please read more about them and see photos here.
When the United States entered World War I in April 1917, the Aviation Section of the U.S. Army Signal Corps had fifty-six pilots. At the war’s end 18 months later, over 11,000 pilots had been through primary training in the United States and most learned to fly in a Curtiss JN series aircraft, or “Jenny”. […]