LONDONDERRY — The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire offers a vintage-style Memorial Day tribute to U.S. naval aviators of the past.
The museum hosts the 1929 silent film, "The Flying Fleet" on Thursday, May 23, 7 p.m. at the museum at 27 Navigator Road.
The movie, made with the cooperation of the U.S. Navy and filled with scenes of vintage aircraft and seaplanes in action, will be shown along with music provided by silent film accompanist Jeff Rapsis. Rapsis is also the museum's executive director.
"As we approach Memorial Day weekend, this is a terrific way to remember those who served by looking back at what it was like for the generation between the two world wars," Rapsis said.
The movie stars Ramon Novarro and Anita Page and follows the story of six graduates of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis who all make a solemn pact to become Navy pilots.
Scenes were filmed on location and show cadet training in California and Florida and some filming took place aboard the U.S.S. Langley, the nation's first aircraft carrier.
The film was the first major Hollywood production to use the Naval Air Station North Island in San Diego, California.
Admission for the movie event is $20 per person; $15 for Aviation Museum members. The screening is a fundraiser for the Aviation Museum's partnership with the Manchester School of Technology that will enable students to build an actual airplane during the 2019-2020 school year.
The museum is dedicated to preserving aviation history in the Granite State, providing educational outreach programs that encourage student interest in aeronautics and related fields. The museum's normal hours are Friday and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 1 to 4 p.m.
For information call 603-669-4820 or visit aviationmuseumofnh.org.