LACONIA — Aviation comes to the Belknap Mill all month long in September. The gallery is full of fascinating objects, signs and memorabilia for the exhibit Laconia Airport's Rich History and Bright Future, coordinated by the Laconia Airport Authority.
Tonight Jane Rice, the local author of the popular book Bob Fogg and NH's Golden Age of Aviation, will speak at 6:30 p.m. about Fogg, the pilot who brought flight to the Lakes Region in the early part of the 20th century.
Rice's book traces pilot Fogg's place in the introduction of airplanes in the Lakes Region in those early days. Copies of the book will be available for purchase.
Jeffrey Newcomb, a Wolfeboro native and highly experienced airplane captain, will speak before Rice. Newcomb will reminisce about Flying the Rich and Famous. He is a former regional airline captain now flying the Cessna Citation X (the fastest non-military jet in the world). He will share the story of his journey from growing up in rural Tuftonboro, to his present-day job flying the rich and famous on private jets.
On the following evening, Wed., September 25, author Marina Kirsch will discuss her book, Flight of Remembrance, a World War II Memorial of Love and Survival, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.
Marina will offer a window into the experiences of two people – her parents – during the war years. As World War II recedes into distant memory, great attention is being rightfully focused on the remaining Allied veterans. But what of those who served on the other side?
For Rolf, the author's father and the main protagonist of Flight of Remembrance, a young, Latvian aeronautical engineering student of Baltic German descent, who was forced under the threat of execution to flee his homeland in 1939 before the first Soviet takeover, the only nation that would accept him was Nazi Germany. In 1940 Berlin, he meets a young German woman, Lilo, and a love story begins that will endure more than 70 years and span two continents. Rolf's worst fear comes to pass when he is drafted into the Luftwaffe in 1941. Despite the immeasurable evil, suffering and desolation of World War II, a synchronistic chain of events enables Rolf and Lilo to see their most cherished dreams materialize out of postwar catastrophe and ruin. For Rolf, that includes a career in aerospace engineering with the Chrysler Missile and Space Division during the "Age of Big Rockets" in the 1950s and 60s.The author will discuss the book's subject matter, protagonists, inspiration, and special research accompanied by World War II era photographs.