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The 1937 Terminal

Old BuildingIn 1937, this art deco terminal was a bold architectural statement for rural New Hampshire. Built as one of the Works Progress Administration (WPA) projects that sprinkled New Hampshire with unique, useful structures and employed hundreds of Granite State residents, the 1937 airport terminal continued in service until the expansion of Manchester Airport in 1995 slated it for demolition.

Threatened with destruction as Manchester airport expanded its operations, a memorandum of agreement was signed in 1995 by the City of Manchester, the Manchester Airport Director, The Federal Aviation Administration and NH Division of Historical Resources, to preserve the terminal. While serving as a member of the Manchester Airport Authority, Patrick Duffy, then NHAHS's Vice-President, established the fund designated to finance the terminal's move and re-construction as the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire. With unprecedented growth of Manchester Airport, how lucky we were to save The 1937 Terminal from the wrecker's ball.

In 2004, the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, Manchester Airport, the City of Manchester and Town of Londonderry, came together to preserve The 1937 Terminal. These groups raised 1.1 million dollars to convert the facility into a museum and educational center.

Awards

In 1995, Manchester Historical Society chose the terminal for its annual preservation award. At that time the survey for application on the State and National Registries of Historic Places was begun. NHAHS completed the documentation required for placement on the New Hampshire Registry of Historic Places and was granted in July of 2004. The Granite State now has a lovely addition to its precious history, as this terminal becomes the only museum in New Hampshire dedicated to the history of aviation.

The Move

The terminal's move from its original location required crossing two active runways to the southeast side of the airport.

The move required accurate coordination between the building movers, airport maintenance staff and the Federal Aviation Administration.

The move began at 6:30 P.M. on Sunday, June 27, 2004.

Pilots who know how sacred the center line is when taking off and landing will appreciate the professional care taken when FAA closed the east west runway for an hour while the terminal crossed, then an hour later, re-opened it for traffic while relinquishing control of the north south runway for the second crossing. This is only the third time in U.S. history that a structure was moved across active runways. The Project Director with Northeast Building Movers informed us that six of the dollies used to move the terminal were also used to move the terminal at Newark Airport.

dawnBy dawn of Monday, June 29, 2004, the terminal was placed within one hundred yards of the foundation where it settled for three days. By June 15th, the terminal was safely resting on the foundation and ready for internal repair work and renovation to begin.

Thanks to the New Hampshire Preservation Alliance's website for some of the information included here about the 1937 terminal move.

"Flying for Uncle Sam: Concord, N.H., Aviators in the Great War" presentation - Saturday, December 10, 2016

Join us at 11:00 a.m. for a Second Saturday@Museum Series presentation.  Entering the First World War woefully underprepared to fight in an air war, the United States rapidly expanded its Air Service to meet the challenge. Men from the small city of Concord, N.H., played a surprisingly prominent role flying for Uncle Sam in the Great War. This talk will tell their story. Presented by Byron O. Champlin. The museum will close at 1pm following this event for our annual volunteer appreciation luncheon.

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Story Time with Santa Claus - Saturday, December 17, 2016

Join us for a special visit from Santa Claus! Santa will read a story and visit with each child at 11:00 a.m. A craft in the classroom will follow. Don't forget your camera for this fun holiday event! Regular museum admission applies. Members receive free admission. Please note that Santa arrives at promptly 11am, and leaves for another engagment following the story and photos. Please consider bringing a new, unwrapped toy to this event for Recycled Percussion Foundation's toy drive.

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Remembering Bob Hoover - Thursday, January 12, 2017

Please join us at the Aviation Museum of NH to remember and celebrate the life of Bob Hoover, perhaps the most beloved and certainly THE BEST aviator who has ever lived. The remembrance will be held on Thursday January 12, 2017 at 6 pm. Free admission. There will be a cash bar reception. 

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