Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr. first rode his bike as a young boy, thru Derry N.H. to what is now the location of the Aviation Museum of N.H. at 27 Navigator Rd. Londonderry N.H. So the story goes.... He had flown from Manchester N.H. airport with his mother to Boston Ma. on a DC3, and there began his love of flight. Back in Londonderry, Alan asked if pilots would agree to give him free flying lessons if he cleaned out the hangars, and they agreed. We do not know the names of these hidden figures at these hangars oh so long ago, however imagine what may not have occurred if they had declined this child's request to learn. They stepped up to the plate during a critical moment that opened our path to the stars! This world has benefitted from their kindnesses towards Alan Shepard.
Thank you for being his aviation mentors.
"In my early teens, I used to ride my bike, every Saturday morning to the nearest airport, ten miles away, push airplanes in and out of the hangars, and clean up the hangars......The first plane ride was a homemade glider my buddy and I built. Unfortunately we didn't get more than four feet off the ground".... Astronaut Alan B. Shepard Jr.
AVIATION MUSEUM OF N.H.
Welcome to the Aviation Page!
The Airport Story
AVIATION MUSEUM OF N.H.
VISIT THE SITE OF SHEPARD'S FIRST FLIGHT LESSONS!
27 NAVIGATOR RD LONDONDERRY N.H
FRI.-SAT 10AM-4PM SUN.- 1PM-4PM
To The Moon ! Alan Shepard on T-38 Aircraft Training Flight
VIDEO-SHEPARD THE IMPORTANCE OF THE TEAM
1938 Douglas DC3- The Aircraft that inspired Shepard's love of flight
Became Naval Aviator 1946
Flight training began at Corpus Christi Texas and Pensacola Florida Jan. 7, 1946. Aviator Alan B. Shepard received his Wings in 1947. Graduated Naval Test Pilot School 1951
Final Aviation Test was 6 perfect landings on the USS. Saipan
Navy Distinguished Flying Cross
Flight Societies: Society of Experimental Test Pilots, American Fighter Aces, American Astronautical Society
LEARNING PROGRAMS FOR ALL AGES!
This page is dedicated to all of the aviation teams in Alan Shepard's environment during his flight career. Their focus on educating Shepard and keeping him safe while he flew various experimental aircraft gave him the opportunity and skills to become America's first Astronaut in Space, on the world's path to the Moon. Shepard is not flying any of the models in these videos. They are a sample of the many aircraft he tested.