Plane-watching

Visitors to the Aviation Museum of N.H. watch a Southwest Airlines 737 take off from Runway 17.

The Aviation Museum of N.H. is located right next to Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Visitors are welcome to use our parking lot for great close-up views of takeoff and landings.

Here are a few tips and pointers to help you catch the action.

  • For flight arrivals and departures information, check out www.flightaware.com. Search for MHT, the airport’s three-letter code.
  • Runway use is dependent on wind, weather, field maintenance, and other factors. Not all flights pass by the museum.
  • Even when the airport’s far-off runway is being used, sometimes aircraft taxi right past the museum on their way in or out.
  • The busiest times are when the cargo flights come in and out: generally early morning, and then evenings starting at 6 p.m.
  • Best time for natural light photos from the parking lot is in the morning, when the sun lights up the airfield in front of you.
  • Winter weather? The airport’s snow removal equipment puts on quite a show as they battle to keep runways and taxiways open.

A few words about our parking lot…

  • The Aviation Museum parking lot is open from sunrise until 8 p.m. From 8 p.m. to sunrise, the parking lot is closed.
  • The Aviation Museum parking lot is for plane-watching and museum visitors only. Please respect our grounds.
  • Please don’t play loud music, drive on our turf, or engage in other disrespectful behavior that takes away from everyone’s enjoyment.

Please enjoy the views from our parking lot—and if it’s Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, come visit the Aviation Museum!

The images below were taken by Aviation Museum volunteer Rich Filteau on Saturday, May 11. Aircraft include American Eagle N668AE, an Embraer EMB-145LR; Southwest N7728D, a Boeing 737-7BD; Southwest N8851Q, a Boeing 737-8; and Airmedic C-GYBX, a Pilatus PC-12/47E.


Below: Images from Winter 2024:

Air Force One visits Manchester-Boston Regional Airport on May 21, 2024.