Video Library

Where you’ll find videos of past lectures, presentations, and other events at the Aviation Museum of N.H.

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024: Retired United Airlines Capt. Ken Perkins of North Hampton, N.H. recalls highlights from a life in aviation, which included seeing the doomed Hindenburg airship pass over his elementary school in Connecticut on May 6, 1937—the day it would later explode arriving in Lakehurst, N.J. Ken’s commercial career spanned the post-World War II era of piston-driven airliners to modern jets; he flew everything from the DC-3 for Capital Airlines in the 1950s to the 747 for United in the 1980s. He served as co-pilot on the 1974 United flight that carried an ailing Charles Lindbergh to his final resting place in Hawaii. Presented as part of the Aviation Museum’s ‘Exploring Aviation’ series.


Thursday, Oct. 26, 2023: Jonathan Westerling on New Hampshire’s Abandoned Airports. Presented as part of the Aviation Museum’s “Exploring Aviation” series.


Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023: Frances Dean Nolde, author of ‘She Looked to the Sky,’ speaks about her book, which chronicles the life of her mother, famed 1940s aviator Frannie Nolde. Presented as part of the Aviation Museum’s “Exploring Aviation” series.


Thursday, July 27, 2023: The Crash of Delta Airlines Flight 723. On July 31, 1973, Delta Air Lines Flight 723, which departed from Manchester, crashed at Boston’s Logan Airport, killing all 89 on board. On the 50th anniversary of what is still New England’s deadliest air disaster, journalist Fred Kocher and author Paul Houle review how the crash happened, how it was covered, how it affect the families of those involved, and the long trail of fallout that came afterwards.


Thursday, April 20, 2023: A presentation by Jim Becker, CEO of Lighthawk Conservation Flying, a Massachusetts-based group that uses volunteer pilots and their aircraft to aid and advance conservation activities across the nation and around the world.


Thursday, March 23, 2023: A talk by author Mary Build, a Maine-based pilot who took up seaplane flying in her mid-40s and how it changed her life, a story she told in a newly published book, ‘Finding Myself in Aviation.’


Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023: Long before the Wright Brothers pioneered powered flight in 1903, balloonists and aeronauts were taking to the skies throughout the 19th century. In ‘Lighter Than Air,’ Leah Dearborn (assistant director of the Aviation Museum of N.H.) takes us back to those days of drifting and dare-deviltry!


Saturday, Nov. 9, 2019: Berlin Airlift 70th Anniversary. Join Berlin Airlift Veteran Ralph Dionne of Nashua as he recalls flying into the German capital in 1948-49 to deliver much-needed supplies during the Russian blockade. Plus: we re-enact the Berlin Airlift Candy Bombing using a helicopter, tossing out Wrigley’s gum and Hershey’s chocolate attached to parachutes.

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2019: It Fell From The Sky. A presentation by investigator Bill Kolias on the crash of a B-52 in Fremont, N.H. 60 years earlier, in August 1959. No crew member was lost in this incident, but due to Cold War security concerns the family members of the crew never got the full story of this harrowing incident. The presentation is augmented by several family members who were able to visit the crash site the next day.



Thursday, Aug. 9, 2019: The Great Greenfield Railroad Trestle Fly-Under. On July 22, 1979, local pilot Bronson Potter flew his Aeronca Champ under the Greenfield Railroad Trestle. Forty years later, in a program at Mason (N.H.) Elementary School, we ask why—and we also view some long-forgotten home movie footage of the actual event!