All hail the Aviation Museum’s awesome funkiness

In a recent Concord Monitor column, we were described as “ the funkiest building in the Granite State.

The Aviation Museum of N.H. with rainbow accompaniment.

Those of us who volunteer or work at the Aviation Museum sometimes forget how fortunate we are to be located in the original 1937 terminal building at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

A reminder of how special this vintage building is came recently via a ‘Granite Geek’ column published Jan. 1, 2024 in the Concord Monitor by writer David Brooks, a long-time area journalist who recently started volunteering with us.

The column was about the Alton Bay Seaplane Base and Ice Runway. But Brooks also worked in a few references to the Aviation Museum, which he wrote…

“…sits alongside the main runway at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, and is what may be the funkiest building in the Granite State. The museum is in the airport’s original terminal, which looks like an escapee from Miami Beach, sporting a green Art Deco vibe that is about as un-New England as it gets.”

“If you don’t know the museum, you should. It’s a cool place to learn about general history you might not know, like the New Boston Bombing Range, and see far more state airplane-related stuff than you’d expect. Make sure to check out the canopy from a Navy jet that was ejected during a crash and ended up being used as a snow sled by kids who found it in the woods. You won’t find that at the Smithsonian.”

Thanks, David! The column in the Concord Monitor was in preparation for a more in-depth piece he’s working on for the winter edition of the Aeronaut, the museum’s quarterly publication, which is being put together by Assistant Director Leah Dearborn and should be in the mail to members by the end of this month.

If you’re not a member, please consider signing up: you’ll receive the Aeronaut in the mail, and an airmail sack full of other benefits, too. Info is on the membership page of our newly updated website.

Read David’s full column online. And let’s hope it gets cold enough for the runway to actually open this year. Fingers crossed!

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