Today in 1969: Apollo 11 Command Module “Columbia” splashed down in the Pacific Ocean, returning astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin, and Michael Collins safely to Earth. Visit the museum and see our space collection and fly our new Lunar Lander Simulator.

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Bell P-39 Airacobra Live Fire Practice (1941)

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=sP2mMqR1ZFI&t=51 Click here.

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The Niagara Aerospace Museum has a new book available in its gift shop. From 1941 to 1945 Bell produced a magazine called the Bell Ringer. It detailed information about war production in its various plants, employees, test pilots, aircarft, and pilot reports on Bell Aircraft in all fronts. The book contains 370 pages of selected stories and images from that peroid. The books are available in the museum gift shop for $45.00 a copy.

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The Niagara Aerospace Museum has a new book available on Consolidated Aircraft Corporation in Buffalo, New York. It was written by renouned author Susan Simon Dietz using material from the museum and material supplied by the families Clinton Warner and William Wheatley former Consolidated Test Pilots. 250 pages of untold Consolidated and Western New York aviation history. Available in the museum gift shop @ $50.00 per copy.

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James Neiss/staff photographer/ 07/13/15. Niagara Falls, NY – John Faltyn, 17 of Wheatfield, tries his skills on the new Lunar Lander Simulator at the Niagara Aerospace Museum. The museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM. In the mid 1960’s the U.S space program realized that there was a need for a way to train Astronauts to land on the Moon. NASA, with no funds available and time running out, went to industry for help. Bell Aerospace offered to begin the program immediately with company funds. The result was the Lunar Landing Training Vehicle which was a great success. The pilot of the first Moon landing, Neil Armstrong, stated that the moon landing would have been a ‘crash landing’ without his LLTV flight training. In order to share the history of this WNY success, the Niagara Aerospace Museum has been pursuing the acquisition of a Apollo Lunar Lander Simulator. The Museum’s diligent staff has located a Lunar Lander Simulator at the Great Lakes Science Center in Cleveland, Ohio. A mutual agreement between the museums resulted in the installation on the simulator on July 1. This simulator gives the public another reason to be proud of the rich aviation and space exploration contribution made in Western New York. Visit the museum and see if you have the right stuff and land the Lunar Module on the moon. The museum is open Wednesday thru Sunday from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.

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The Lunar Lander Simulator has arrived at the museum. Have you ever wanted to be an astronaut. Come to the museum and try your skills on our new simulator and see if you have the Right Stuff to land on the moon.

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Look what just landed at the Kids Zone at the museum. A cockpit for our younger visitors to play in, have their picture taken, or dream of becoming a pilot. Its is painted to resemble the Curtiss P-40.

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The museum will be open during the Niagara Falls Airshow.

via Niagara Aerospace Museum’s Facebook Page.

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The Bell Aircraft Corporation – Aviation Story 1935 to 1955.mpg

https://youtu.be/wkrIQlWAGCY Click here.

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Ever dream of landing on the moon, come to the museum and try out our new Lunar Lander Simulator. See if you have what it takes to be an astronaut.

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