High-flying fun

Aviation Museum to hold events in Nashua, Manchester

Photo courtesy of the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire Construction techniques will be demonstrated at a July fly-in event in Manchester.

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire will hold its annual barbecue and fly-in at the Nashua Airport.

The event will be held from 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. June 10 at Hangar 81. Lunch will be served at noon.

“It’s a fly-in, but actually it’s much more than a fly-in,” said Jessica Pappathan, the museum’s executive director. “In the past we’ve had motorcycles, train cars, skateboards – whatever your hobby or interest is we’ve had it on display.”

The nonprofit museum, located at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, offers a myriad of programs celebrating New Hampshire’s aviation history. Its headquarters are in the restored 1937 art deco terminal building.

Pilots from New Hampshire and New England are expected to bring aircraft in for the event, including a 1943 Grumman Widgeon seaplane. Pappathan said as in past years, she also expects antique cars.

“It’s always fun to see what shows up and will be on display,” she said. “This year, we’re really hoping to see some new faces.”

Tickets are $30 for the general public, $25 for museum members and $10 for children younger than 16; children younger than 5 get in free. Tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at www.aviationmuseumofnh.org.

The event is part of a series of summer programs offered by the museum.

On July 8, the museum will hold another fly-in in Manchester. Pilots from throughout New Hampshire will fly in and display a variety of homebuilt and vintage general aviation aircraft.

Pappathan said this is their third fly-in. Previously meant to highlight experimental and homebuilt planes, the event is open to all aircraft this year.

Board of Directors President Bob Hough said in addition to the Widgeon seaplane coming to Nashua, he expects to have a 1930s vintage Waco biplane, a 1950s Cessna and a number of homebuilt planes.

For the plane construction buffs, there will be demonstrations on how to rivet, how to build wing ribs and how to cover the ribs in fabric.

“There will be a lot of family-friendly stuff going on; things people haven’t seen before,” Hough said.

Activities for children will include a kids aircraft wing rib-building project and paper airplane building. Raffle tickets may be purchased for a chance to win a variety of prizes, including a scenic flight or a flight lesson.

The homebuilt aircraft on display will have a chance to win a People’s Choice Award and a Kids’ Choice Award, and all aircraft will be eligible for an overall Favorite Airplane Award.

The Manchester event will run from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. July 8. Highlights will include pilots from throughout New Hampshire displaying a variety of homebuilt and vintage general aviation aircraft.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-1249, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH.

IF YOU GO

Aviation Museum of New Hampshire barbecue and fly-in at the Nashua Airport.

WHEN: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 10.

COST: $30 for the general public, $25 for museum members and $10 for children younger than 16; children younger than 5 get in free.

TICKETS OR MORE INFO: Tickets may be purchased on the museum’s website at www.aviationmuseumofnh.org.