About our flight

Here are some answers to questions you might have about our program.

What is the virtual ‘Around the World Flight Adventure’ program?

It’s a free online learning program that takes the form of a multi-segmented virtual flight completely around the world. Using the Aviation Museum of N.H.’s professional grade Elite flight simulator, and terrain software that can render virtually any location on earth, we’re traveling from our home at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Manchester, N.H. and making our way around the world. We departed on Friday, May 1, and we’re taking a flexible approach to routing and destinations. We’ll return home sometime in mid-summer, but not before the Aviation Museum of N.H. is reopened to the public.

How does it work?

At the Aviation Museum of N.H., we believe traveling is a broadening experience. As we work our way around the world, twice a week we’ll post a new flight segment online that updates our progress. We’re aiming to post each Monday at 8 a.m. Each segment will include video highlights captured from the flight deck as we fly over dramatic landscapes and iconic landmarks. Text, in the form of a pilot’s log, will touch on a wide range of topics. Each segment will also contain a curated selection of links to additional online resources about topics mentioned.

Who is it intended for?

It’s really for everyone to experience, but it’s especially designed to be a resource for students and teachers engaging in remote learning during the Covid-19-related school shutdowns. Text is compiled to touch on issues related to science, geography, history, politics, and culture, as appropriate. Ideally, each flight segment will contain multiple points of entry for discussions of important topics at many levels. Text is generally written to be meaningful to middle school students, but the flight segments may be useful to educators of all age ranges and abilities. After all, the wonder of travel and flight knows no limits.

Leg 1 , 2, 3, 4, 5
Our journey started by crossing to Europe via the historic ‘North Atlantic Ferry Route’ used in World War II

Where and when are the segments posted?

Flight segments will be posted online at the Aviation Museum’s Web site. We took off from Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on Friday, May 1; en route, our plan is to post a new segment once a week as we work our way around the globe. The journey will continue through mid-summer, or at least until the Aviation Museum re-opens to the public. (We’re currently closed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.) We plan to mark the arrival back at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport with a fun celebration to which all will be invited.

Why are you doing this?

At the non-proft Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, part of our mission is to inspire an interest in aviation, aeronautics, and technology among young people. To accomplish this, we run a robust educational outreach program in classrooms throughout the state. However, the ongoing closure of schools due to the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as our own closure to the public, forced us to seek new ways to carry out our mission and help the community. The virtual “Around the World Flight Adventure” is designed to act as a resource for educators working to inspire students in a remote or virtual learning environment.

Are there resources for educators using the program?

Yes! There is an “Educator’s Guide” to the program, which includes additional background as well as advance copies of the pilot’s log (the guide will be updated as we add segments). Educators may use this guide to design discussions on the wide range of topics that flow from each segment. We hope the material inspires creativity in the virtual classroom and spurs curiosity about the world around us. An up-to-date guide is available for download.

Where will the journey take us?

We aren’t entirely sure. We departed on Friday, May 1, heading east across the Atlantic towards Europe. After that, we plan to roam a wide range of places as we make our way around the world. Input from students and teachers about which destinations we should visit will be welcome via social media; our Facebook page is www.facebook.com/nhahs. But we hope to take a route that will help everyone get a sense of the incredible diversity of people, landscapes, and human experience that make up life on Earth.

What aircraft are we using?

We’re flying a (virtual) vintage twin-engine DC-3 propeller aircraft. First produced in the 1930s, it went on to be one of the most influential aircraft of the 20th century. Many are still flying today – in fact, we hope to have a real DC-3 fly into Manchester-Boston Regional Airport for our journey-ending celebration.

Who created this program?

This is all explained on our “Credits”-page.

What about feedback?

This is a new and somewhat experimental venture for us. As such, we are open to feedback from everyone, but especially educators. As we put this program together, we’ve started thinking this might be a useful resource even when normal classroom activities resume. Please send thoughts, comments, suggestions and ideas to Jeff Rapsis, executive director, Aviation Museum of N.H. via e-mail at jrapsis@nhahs.org or by phone at (603) 669-4820. Thank you!

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