Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time
Now in Third Printing
February 1, 2005 - Southwest N335 (copyright Jason Bisson) August 23, 2006 - new FAA control tower (copyright Jason Bisson) February 1981 - Fly Manchester (copyright Ed Brouder)


© 2006-2022


Brimming with historic photographs, memorable quotes, and accounts of history in the making, Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time chronicles the birth, adolescence, and adulthood of one of America's leading airports. This 432-page book contains more than 300 illustrations including an 8-page color insert section.

Daredevil balloonists thrilled residents of Manchester - New Hampshire's largest city - well before the airport's humble first flight in 1927. Little more than a grassy landing strip for barnstorming aviators, the airport often struggled for direction.

Astronaut Alan Shepard, Jr. - the first American to fly in space - grew up not far from the airport, and worked there in his youth. Few knew then that, years later, Shepard and his New Hampshire roots would take him to the moon.

In 1941 the Army Air Corps transformed sleepy Manchester Airport into Grenier Field - the launching point for thousands of aircraft and personnel during World War II.

After the war, it seemed Grenier was of no use to the military, seemingly spelling its doom. But like a Phoenix rising from the ashes, strong leadership and a vision of what could be, helped Manchester's Airport soar into the 21st century. Today, Manchester-Boston Regional Airport is a driving economic engine for New Hampshire.

Authors Moe Quirin and Ed Brouder pored through thousands of photos, records and historical accounts to craft the story of New Hampshire's leading center of aviation, and introduce you to the people who helped Manchester's Airport fly through time.

book cover:  Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time

Library of Congress Control Number: 2006908231

ISBN: 0-9721489-9-X