2024 Calendar of Events

Here’s a roster of Aviation Museum events planned for 2024. More information will be posted online and on social media as each event approaches. Some events charge admission. For more information, call 603 669-4877. To get info on sponsoring or underwriting any of our events, check out our Business Sponsorship/Underwriting page or contact Jeff Rapsis at (603) 669-4820 or by email at jrapsis@nhahs.org.


Thursday, Jan. 25, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
MEET LINDBERGH’S PILOT
In the spring of 1974, an ailing Charles Lindbergh made his final flight — as a bed-ridden passenger on a United Air Lines DC-8 from New York to Hawaii, where soon afterwards he died. Now, 50 years later, meet one of the pilots of that flight: Ken Perkins of Hampton, N.H., who will recount his encounter with the Lone Eagle, plus stories and tales from his seven decades in aviation.


Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
‘THE FLYING ACE’ BLACK HISTORY PROGRAM
To mark Black History month, join us for ‘The Flying Ace’ (1926), a rare surviving aviation-themed feature film produced for segregated Black-only theaters in the U.S. in the 1920s. Named to the National Film Registry in 2021. Shown with live music by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis.


Thursday, March 14, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
WOMEN AND THE NIGHT SKY
We mark ‘Women in Aviation History Month’ with a visit from Jenny Powers, director of science at the Springfield (Mass.) History Museum. Powers, an expert in the field of astronomy for small museums, will relate the many important contributions made by women in history to a better and more complete understanding of the skies above us.


Saturday, March 30, 2024: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Children’s Event Series
EASTER BUNNY ARRIVES BY HELICOPTER
Kids: come for our annual visit from the Easter Bunny, who will arrive via helicopter with pre-Easter treats for all. Plus it’s a rare chance to meet and get a photograph with the normally camera-shy Easter Bunny. Popular with families & kids.


Thursday, April 25, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
FOR EARTH DAY: ‘TURTLES FLY, TOO’
Local pilot David Dineen volunteers his time to help relocate (by air!) misguided sea turtles that find themselves in the relatively chilly waters of New England, where they cannot survive. Learn all about ‘Turtles Fly, Too!,’ a group whose mission is to facilitate the use of general aviation to transport endangered species and to promote conservation through education and outreach.


Saturday, May 4, 2024: 8 a.m. to noon
Major Event Series
3RD ANNUAL ‘RUN THE RAIL TRAIL’ 5-MILER
Welcome spring by getting out and joining in a rambling 5-mile foot race that takes you through untrammeled rural scenery and concludes with a scenic stretch of the Londonderry Rail Trail.


Thursday, May 9, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
‘ASK THE AIRPORT DIRECTOR’ UPDATE
A program highlighting recent trends and developments at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, home of the Aviation Museum and a key economic engine for southern New Hampshire.


Thursday, May 16, 2024: 5 to 7 p.m.
Special Event
OUR ‘VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION’ PICNIC
The Aviation Museum of N.H. depends on the efforts of more than 80 volunteers to carry out our historic preservation and youth education programs.


Saturday, June 15, 2024: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Major Event Series
NASHUA FLY-IN BBQ & PLANE VISITS
Pilots, fly in for great BBQ! Families, see aircraft up close! A great family event and terrific way to celebrate Father’s Day weekend.


Monday, June 17 thru Thursday, Aug. 9, 2024
Special Event
AVIATION YOUTH SUMMER CAMP
An immersive six-week program for young people aged 10-13 and 14-17. Using special activities, field trips, and exciting programs, we’ll take a budding interest in aviation and turn it into a lifelong passion.


Saturday, July 13, 2024: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Major Event Series
ANNUAL CLASSIC CAR SHOW
One of the region’s largest gatherings of cool rides; vintage classic and specialty vehicles fill up the museum’s grounds. Plus vintage fire trucks, too!


Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 2024
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
NORTHEAST AIRLINES FLIGHT 792: 60-year anniversary program & hike to crash site
Join us for a two-day program about a legendary crash that happened 70 years ago in New Hampshire’s White Mountains, including a hike to the crash site, where wreckage still remains.


Saturday, Aug. 17, 2024: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Major Event Series
PLANEFEST! AT THE AVIATION MUSEUM
Vintage aircraft, Young Eagles flights, and many more ways for kids and families to get close to a wide range of aircraft. Plus food trucks and surprises!


Thursday, Sept. 19, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED
Join us for a program exploring the past, present, and future impact that aviation and aerospace have had on our lives in N.H. and around the globe.


Saturday, Oct. 12, 2024 from 5 to 9 p.m.
Special Event
OUR ANNUAL FUND-RAISING GALA
Join us for a night out of great music, great fun, and great friends as we all pitch in to support the Aviation Museum’s historic preservation and youth education programs. A good time will be had by all!


Saturday, Oct. 19, 2024: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Children’s Event Series
HALLOWEEN HAUNTED HANGAR
Once a year, your friendly Aviation Museum turns into a frighteningly fun haunted hanger. Plus get a license to legally fly a broomstick!


Thursday, Oct. 24, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED
Join us for a program exploring the past, present, and future impact that aviation and aerospace have had on our lives in N.H. and around the globe.


Thursday, Nov. 7, 2024: 7 p.m.
‘Exploring Aviation’ Presentation Series
PROGRAM TO BE ANNOUNCED
Join us for a program exploring the past, present, and future impact that aviation and aerospace have had on our lives in N.H. and around the globe.


Saturday, Dec. 14, 2024: 11 a.m.
Children’s Event Series
SANTA CLAUS ARRIVES BY HELICOPTER
Direct from the North Pole, the Big Guy arrives by chopper to kick off our annual Holiday Exhibit, featuring our collection of more than 2,000 toy planes and model aircraft.