Last updated: 1/28/2012
Niagara Falls, New York
Street Address
2221 Niagara Falls Blvd
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
Mailing Address
2221 Niagara Falls Blvd
Suite 7
Niagara Falls, NY 14304
phone: 716-297-1324
e-mail: niagaerospacemu@verizon.net
web: www.wnyaerospace.org
Hours
Open by appointment for special tours
Services
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Staff
Jack Heine
Description

Dedicated to preserving Western New York's rich aviation and aerospace heritage. Open to the public from April thru November. Private tours, corporate functions, veteran groups, youth group and school visit avialable by appointment.

Aircraft designed and built in Western New York photo collection will be added to this site. The museum is actively seeing donations, artifacts, military uniforms, aircraft and parts, etc.

Library and Restoration facility located in the former Bell Aircraft Plant at the Niagara Falls Airport. The museum is actively seeing donations, artifacts, military uniforms, aircraft and parts, etc., related to Western New York's aviation and aerospace heritage.

Help support the museum with a financial donation. If you are interested in donating an item to the museum's collection, please call 716-297-1324.

The Board elected to accept the bequest and took action to rename the Museum as the Ira G. Ross Aerospace Museum while committing to seek a permanent home in the City of Buffalo. The Buffalo Sabres offered to lease approximately 10,000 square feet of ground floor space on the west side of the HSBC Arena as an exhibition site to the Museum. A portion of the collection and exhibits were installed in renovated space, and there was a soft opening at the site in August 2008. The Museum continues to occupy the space it has in Wheatfield.

In addition to displaying artifacts, the Museum will to carry out extensive educational programming, focusing on the area’s role in the nation’s aerospace history, providing expert speakers, and the continuation of the extensive artifact restoration program –including its most recent acquisition of the P-39 Aerocobra.

Artifact Collections

Bell P-39

An amazing piece of history has returned home. The Bell P-39, the Miss Lend Lease,was built in the Bell Aircraft factory in Wheatfield, New York, in 1942. She was transferred to Russia as part of the Lend Lease Program. She saw action over Russia being credited with several combat kills. In 1944 she ditched in a lake in Russia above the Arctic Circle. In 2009 she was discovered and raised from the lake. The Ira G. Ross/Niagara Aerospace Museum acquired the aircraft. She was then transported back to the Museum’s warehouse, which is the same Bell factory in which she was built.

1910 Curtiss Pusher replica

This 1910 Curtiss Pusher replica, which was flown by Cole Palen, is on loan from the Old Rhinebeck Aerodome.

Library

The museum has an extensive library of photos, videos and documents chronicling the history of the people, companies and aircraft of Western New York.

Access:

Appointment required: No

Services

The Museum is located on the west side of HSBC Arena (Behind the Sabres’ Store)

Special Event Rental

Group Tours

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