Saturday kickoff

Make a landing at Nashua Airport for Fly-in and BBQ event

By KIMBERLY HOUGHTON
Union Leader Correspondent
June 06. 2018 12:48PM
Aircraft similar to this 1930 Waco biplane will be on display Saturday at the Nashua Airport for the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire’s fourth annual Fly-in and BBQ. 

New Hampshire’s aviation history will be on full display this weekend during a unique event at the Nashua Airport.

The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire is hosting its annual Fly-in and BBQ, which will feature several aircraft, antique cars, railroad cars, motorcycles and more.

“If you put a little child in an aircraft, the grin is ear to ear. It is not often that they get that opportunity,” said Bob Hough, president of the aviation museum, which is located at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport in Londonderry.

One of the museum’s annual fundraisers, the fly-in and barbecue is designed to provide families with an opportunity to browse different aircraft and even sit inside some of the cockpits.

Participants will be able to speak with the owners of the planes and learn about the aircrafts’ histories, according to Hough.

Hough will have his own 1941 Grumman Widgeon on display at the event.

“This plane has been in my family for 40 years,” Hough said of the aircraft, which originally was owned by the U.S. Navy before being sold to a private owner.

Hough said his father’s passion for the aircraft was handed down to him, and Hough, now 68, is hoping to pass along that same passion to his nephew.

“Other unique aircraft that has been home-built will also be on display, running the gamut from simple to complex,” Hough said. “It is a unique opportunity to see what some of these people are growing in their garages. “The planes are very sophisticated and well built. Home-built planes are a huge industry.”

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. Saturday at the Nashua Jet Aviation center at the Nashua Airport, 83 Perimeter Road, at Hanger 81. Lunch will be served at noon, and tickets may be purchased at aviationmuseumofnh.org or by calling 669-4820.

The cost is $25 for museum members and $30 for nonmembers. Children under 16 get in for $10, and there is no fee for children under 5.

All of the money raised from the event will be used for the museum’s aviation education programs, and to help maintain and introduce new exhibits.

The museum, which opened in 2005 and expanded in 2011, is designed to preserve New Hampshire’s aviation history, and educate the public about its importance.

“So few people understand aviation today,” said Hough. “People used to be fascinated about it, but now people don’t tend to notice it as much, and kids don’t realize the diverse careers that exist today in aviation.”

The event is sponsored by Infinity Aviation Services LLC.


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