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Aviation Museum of N.H. to commemorate 70th anniversary of Berlin Airlift

A Granite State aviator recalls service during the Berlin Airlift
Two-part program on Thursday, Nov. 7 and Saturday, Nov. 9 
Newly added: Berlin Candy Bombing re-enactment at the museum on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m.
 
Nashua's Ralph Dionne, 92, recounts experiences as a C-54 flight engineer.
Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.: Two Berlin Airlift documentaries will be screened.
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m.: New! Berlin Candy Bomber re-enactment!
Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m.: One-on-one interview and Q&A with Dionne.

 

Nashua's Ralph Dionne, 92, will relate first-hand memories of serving as aircraft mechanic, flight engineer during the extended crisis of the Berlin Airlift.  The program on Saturday, Nov. 9, 11 a.m. will include documentary footage, Q & A with Dionne, and outdoor re-enactment of the Berlin 'Candy Bombing', with candy dropped from the sky at 10:30 a.m.!

Saturday's program will be preceded on Thursday Nov. 7th at 7 p.m. by the documentaries 'The Berlin Airlift,' a 2007 PBS documentary; and 'Thunder Under the Big Sky,' a documentary about training programs in Montana that many Berlin Airlift participants went through.  These films on Thursday night are a good way to set the stage for Ralph Dionne's program on Saturday.  The Berlin Airlift was a complicated operation, and these programs will help remind everyone of the history involved.

When Ralph G. Dionne graduated from Nashua High School in 1946, World War II had just ended.  But Dionne's timing was perfect for him to participate in the first major confrontation of the Cold War: the Berlin Airlift.  Dionne, now 92, will recount his work as a U.S. Air Force mechanic and flight engineer during the historic Airlift on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 11 a.m. at the Aviation Museum of N.H.

A dionne ralph corporalDionne participated in 61 supply missions for a total 0f 300 flight hours during the airlift, which required U.S. and British aircraft to fly narrow corridors over Soviet-occupied Germany to supply Berlin during a Soviet blockade.  The Berlin Airlift remains the largest non-combat military operation of the 20th century. Historians credit it with halting the spread of Soviet-style communism in Europe after World War II.  The presentation is included with museum admission of $10 per person; $5 seniors 65+, veterans/active military, students under 13.

Weather permitting, Dionne's program will be preceded at 10:30 a.m. by a re-enactment of the Berlin "Candy Bombing" outside the Aviation Museum.  At that time, a hovering helicopter will release candy packages via parachute from above the Museum's open field.  Families are invited to be on hand to witness the "candy bombing," and to retrieve candy packages once they've safely landed on the field and the chopper has cleared the area.

The "Candy Bombing Reenactment" on Saturday, Nov. 9 at 10:30 a.m. is free and open to all, and is subject to weather conditions.

BONUS PROGRAM Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m.:  In addition, the Aviation Museum's Berlin Airlift Commemoration will include a pair of documentaries to be shown on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Aviation Museum.

Dionne will be on hand as the museum screens 'The Berlin Airlift,' a 2007 PBS documentary; and 'Thunder Under the Big Sky,' a documentary about training programs in Montana that many Berlin Airlift participants went through.

"We thought running these films Thursday night would be a good way to set the stage for Ralph Dionne's program on Saturday," Rapsis said. "The Berlin Airlift was a complicated operation, and this might help remind everyone of the history involved."

The pair of documentaries on Thursday, Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. is included with museum admission of $10 per person; $5 seniors 65+, veterans/active military, students under 13. Members and children under age 5, free. For more info, visit www.nhahs.org or call (603) 669-4820.

The Aviation Museum of N.H. is located at 27 Navigator Road, Londonderry, N.H. The museum is open Fridays & Saturdays 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sundays 1 to 4 p.m. For more information, visit www.nhahs.org or call (603) 669-4820.

The Aviation Museum is a non-profit 501(c)3 tax-exempt organization dedicated to celebrating New Hampshire's role in aviation history and inspiring the young aerospace pioneers and innovators of tomorrow.  

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