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January 4, 2013

Niagara Aerospace Museum preparing for landing at former Falls passenger terminal

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Niagara Gazette — Maziarz and other elected officials have called a press conference for noon today to discuss aspects of the museum plan. 

Earlier this week, Neeson said the museum inside the former passenger terminal will include many exhibits similar to those that were on display at the downtown location years ago. The museum’s collection boasts several pieces tied to aircraft development at Bell, including the Bell X-22, one of the last pieces of research aircraft developed in Wheatfield for the U.S. Navy. 

“We hope that our presence will be an asset,” Neeson said of the new museum site. 

NFTA officials are hoping so as well. NFTA spokesman Doug Hartmayer said the lease agreement, approved during a meeting of the agency’s board in November covers two years with two, one-year renewal options after the initial lease period expires. He said the agency has agreed to lease roughly two-thirds of the existing space inside the former passenger terminal for museum operations. The former facility has been empty since the new terminal opened in 2009. 

“We’re very happy for a couple of reasons,” Hartmayer said. “It provides a use for part of the old terminal that’s aviation related and its specifically related in many areas to aviation items that were actually created and made right here at Bell (Aerospace), so you have that local flavor. You are able to showcase that aviation history that took place here in Niagara Falls.”

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