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The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire has received a $10,000 grant from the Lincoln Financial Foundation in support of expanding the museum's high school aviation education program. 

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Slusser Aviation Learning Center (SALC)

In September, 2009 the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society was honored with a $1 million gift from members Eugene and Anne Slusser of Hopkinton. The purpose of the gift is to establish the Slusser Aviation Learning Center (SALC) to be built adjacent to the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, which the society operates on the east side of the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

Groundbreaking for the Slusser Aviation Learning Center at the Aviation Museum of New Hampshire happened Thursday, May 13th at 11 a.m. Speakers included representatives of the New Hampshire Aviation Historical Society, City of Manchester, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport and the Federal Aviation Administration.

"This is obviously an exciting time for the society and for the management of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport, owner of the site and a strong supporter of the Museum," said Jack Ferns, building committee chair. "The Slusser's gift has set the ball in motion. Their vision to inspire young minds with a sense of awe for the aviation field is a timeless gift for generations to come."

A building committee, led by Gene Slusser as honorary chair, Jack Ferns as chair, Pat Duffy as financial adviser, along with appointed members of the NHAHS board and membership, has been working since late last year to plan the new center. The professional design team is led by Sheer, McCrystal, Paulson Architects with the contractor, Milestone Engineering and Contracting. Wondercabinet is working with the committee to develop high quality, interactive exhibits.

SALC will be used by students of all ages to learn the science and wonder of aviation, as well as its history in New Hampshire. The groundbreaking started a one-year construction process for both the building and exhibits.  The schedule calls for the building to be complete by 11/30/10, exhibits to be fabricated and moved in through mid-March, 2011, a "soft opening" the end of March, 2011, and a grand opening May, 2011.

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McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Reciprocal Membership in February

During the month of February 2017 (during normal business hours), Aviation Museum of NH Members can visit the Discovery Center by showing their membership card and visa-versa. Some additional/special charges may apply.

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Francis Gary Powers, the U-2 Spy plane, and the Cold War

On February 8, 2017 at 7 PM, the Aviation Museum of NH will host a presentation and book signing by Gary Powers, Jr.  Mr. Powers will discuss the truth behind the U-2 incident in which his father, Francis Gary Powers, survived the shoot-down of his reconnaissance plane and his capture on May 1st, 1960.  Mr. Power’s presentation will include an overview of the Cold War and book signing of the latest edition of his father’s classic 1970 memoir about the notorious U-2 incident. Thank you to the Sleep Inn, Londonderry, NH for sponsorship of this event.

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The Legend of Pancho Barnes and The Happy Bottom Riding Club

February 24, 2017, 7 PM, At the Museum

This is a video documentary profile of one of the most colorful and accomplished female pilots of the early 20th Century. Florence ''Pancho'' Barnes became the first female stunt pilot in Hollywood in 1929 and shattered Amelia Earhart's air speed record in 1930. In the 1940's and 50's, Pancho entertained the best test pilots in the world - men with the right stuff - at her ''Happy Bottom Riding Club'' guest ranch near Edwards Air Force Base.

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