Connecticut Air and Space Center Still Recovering from Hurricane Sandy

CASC's Goodyear FG-1D Corsair early-on in the restoration process.
CASC’s Goodyear FG-1D Corsair early-on in the restoration process.
The Connecticut Air and Space Center (CASC) in Stratford, Connecticut has been repairing the damage wrought by Hurricane Sandy which brought historic devastation to the Northeast this past October.

The facility’s storage and restoration building suffered severe damage due to the storm surge, but fortunately the jewel of the collection, a Goodyear FG-1D Corsair was undamaged having been stored at a height that was unreached by the floodwaters. Less fortunately, the museum lost a great deal of historical documents and photographs which were irreparably water damaged or destroyed by the mold that inevitably followed.

While there was a great deal of cleaning to do the teams of dedicated staff and volunteers found that for the most part the aircraft in the collection once cleaned had suffered no significant lasting damage. The CASC’s eclectic collection of historic craft with an emphasis on local significance includes several Sikorsky helicopters, a Northrop T-38 Talon, a Lockheed T-33 Shooting Star, an Aviat Christen Eagle II, a Cessna O-2A Skymaster, 150 and T-37 Tweet as well as a reproduction Whitehead No. 21 that one can safely assume is a non-flyer.

The CASC’s collection is intended to go on display within a historic hangar, dating back to the golden age of flight in the late 1920s which once housed a branch of the famous Curtiss Flying School. The hangar which still bears the now-ghostly “Curtiss” logo emblazoned across it has been an ongoing, long-term project to restore to its former glory.


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