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The Yankee Air Museum is where history takes flight. It’s a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace and science museum with rare historical aircraft ranging from World War I to the Vietnam Era. The Yankee Air Museum is a place to see rich aviation history, amazing air shows, or even take a personal ride through history. The museum offers something for everyone, with aviation at the heart of it all. It’s a great place to touch, feel, and interact with some of the most amazing aircraft throughout history. 

Whether families come for an outing or visitors come for an educational field trip, the museum is the perfect destination. However, the museum has costs, from hangar maintenance to upgrades of the visitor experience. They rely on the general public for assistance, and thankfully that’s where the NECA/IBEW Powering America team has routinely stepped in throughout the years.  

Whether it be donating time and money in excess of some $50,000, the NECA/IBEW Powering America has supported the museum so the memory of World War I, World War II, and the Vietnam War doesn’t fade away. 

It’s rapidly growing and constantly producing new exhibits, and educational activities. New space is being created to allow the museum to integrate STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) into its exhibits to inspire young people to pursue education and career opportunities in those fields. The museum also relies on veterans and volunteers to keep building and expanding.

Ryan Husse, Business Manager, IBEW Local 252, said, “We have a lot of veteran members from all different generations. We’re very happy to be able to give a career path to our veterans to come home and work for the IBEW and NECA.” 

NECA also plays an instrumental role in funding  and supporting the museum.  

Brian Koeopp, President, AF Smith Electric, NECA Contractor, said, “Our company was founded in Ypsilanti, MI in 1920. We have a long standing theory of giving back to the community.” 

Whether it’s hiring our country’s veterans to install and maintain the complex electrical systems that power our cities and towns, to giving back to the community whenever and wherever possible, this is just another example showing we care about the places we live and work.