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Flight simulator exhibit opens at New England Air Museum


Visitors to the New England Air Museum will get their chance to feel like they are flying after a new exhibit was opened Friday morning. 

The museum held a grand opening Friday for its new Flight Sim Spot Exhibit in which people will have the chance to experience the latest in flight simulation technology.

Museum goers will also be able to fly "common general aviation and commercial aircraft" as well as the F4U Corsair, DC-3, F-4 Phantom and F-104 Starfighter. In total, there are seven flight simulators.

"This is the closet thing you can get to flying the right thing," one pilot said.

The staff at the museum hope that the exhibit gives visitors the thrill of flying, but helps them learn a little bit about aircraft.

"The museum really tries to give people a learning atmosphere," said Paul Paggenicopp of New England Air Museum.

People can use the simulators from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays for 30 minutes at a time.

"I have a blast seeing a smile on a face when a kids flying and he keeps it straight and level," Paggenicopp said. "Or when he actually lands it."

The New England Air Museum is the largest aviation museum in the region and the nonprofit was opened by the Connecticut Aeronautical Historical Association in 1959.

The museum is open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The price of admission is $11 for children 12 and older, $6.50 for children between 4 to 11 and children under 3 years old are free.

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