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)


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"The story of the Manchester Airport - now the Manchester-Boston Regional Airport - is the story of time compressed and distances shortened. It is also the story of farsighted men and women who recognized that their future - and their city's - was above them." - Joe McQuaid, Publisher, NH Union Leader/NH Sunday News

October 20, 2006 - NH Union Leader/Sunday News publisher Joe McQuaid gets the first copy of the new Manchester Airport book from co-authors Ed Brouder (l) and Moe Quirin (r)
NH Union Leader/Sunday News publisher Joe McQuaid gets the first copy of the
new Manchester Airport book from co-authors Ed Brouder (l) and Moe Quirin (r).

"A regional airport does not appear to be an obvious subject for a full-length book, let alone this thoroughly researched tome that comes with chapter endnotes and - a rarity these days - a comprehensive index.... The authors spent more than five years preparing this book, which is a model for any airport history."
Review in Airways Magazine, November 2007, p.60

"Santa came early this year, and I am extremely grateful to find a copy of Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time in my pre-Christmas stocking. While I did immediately read Chapters 14 and 16, I will have to save the rest of MHT's interesting history for devouring at a later time. However, it's obvious that the two of you engaged in extensive research for this wonderful book."
- Herbert D. Kelleher, Executive Chairman, Southwest Airlines Co.

NH Governor John Lynch receives a copy of Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time from co-author Ed Brouder
NH Governor John Lynch receives a copy of Manchester's Airport:
Flying Through Time
from co-author Ed Brouder.

"This book is a must read. I see it as a 'go to' book if you want documentation of events that deeply affected the once-visible village of Goffe's Falls. You're going to love this book." - Rev. Dr. Vera M. Wingate, Pastor, Bethany Chapel

(l-r:) Moe Quirin, former Manchester Airport director Kevin Dillon, Ed Brouder
The co-authors sign a copy of their new book for Kevin Dillon,
Director of Manchester-Boston Regional Airport.

"What really caught my eye in the index was the name Leonard Noyes. I quickly went to p. 56 and found the reference in the paragraph about the airport's first fatailty in 1933. The Noyes brothers were Walter ( an uncle who died in 1934) and Leonard Noyes, MY FATHER. I had never heard this story before and wonder if my mother even knew the story. Now I wonder what else I was never told! He talked very little about his life. My father took flying lessons in 1938 and 1939 from Carl Park and I have the flight log." - Cindy O'Neil, Manchester Public Library

"It took them 5 1/2 years to do it, but these radio-men turned writers have authored a definitive (and exhaustive) history of the local airfield...." "The footnotes are meticulous to a fault and the index is a detailed, 15-page road map for happy time travelers like me." - John Clayton, columnist, NH Union Leader

May 1, 2009 - Co-author Ed brouder signs copies of the book after addressing the Manchester Women's Club
May 1, 2009 - Co-author Ed Brouder signs copies of the book after addressing the Manchester Women's Club.

"This book shows the rich history of not only the Manchester Airport and the way that it came to be today, but also the history of aviation in New Hampshire,and it's relation to people (some famous, and some unsung heroes) and places other than New Hampshire along the way. This book is so much more than stats and figures. It sheds light on a much more personal drama that existed for families that were forced to make way (some of them numerous times) for the inevitable expansion of our airport, as well as the mettle of some of the bravest fliers and non-fliers who had the foresight of what the airport could be for New England and beyond." - Ken Sasseville

Ed Brouder, Jennifer White and Moe Quirin
Ed and Moe with Hooksett Kiwanis president Jennifer White.

"As I started reading it my feelings were both cool and creepy. I actually did get 'goose bumps'. Here I am reading about my parents and all the other people that they spoke of over the years. It was great! I have always been a History 'buff' and enjoy doing research. The History of the area and time helped me recall many anecdotes I had heard over the years both from my parents and older sib's. I read parts of the history over the phone to my oldest sister, 82, who lives in Connecticut. As I read she kept saying 'your kidding, that's in a book?' The whole experience made me feel great." - Anne M. Jacques

" I just read about displays by the Blue Angels and the Thunderbirds in the late 50s. I don't know if they made multiple visits to the Queen City (haven't gotten that far in the book yet), but if those two were the only performances by these teams, I'm pretty sure I was there. And in the first or second chapter there is mention of a visit of a tri-motor in 1927. Back in '03 when they were commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers flight I asked my father if he remembered any special celebrations for the 25th anniversary. He couldn't remember anything special but he did tell me that my grandfather took him to the airport to see a tri-motor when he was about 8 or 9, so that must have been the same visit you wrote about. " - Lee Gordon

"Picked up two copies of "Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time" earlier this month. Read mine in two nights; fascinating! Very well written, and also brought back many memories of when I was growing up. My father was an Air Force Captain back in the late 50's, and flew many times out of the old Grenier Field. We used to travel there from our home in Sunapee as kids, and just watch planes take off!" - Dean Chandler

"Your book was a 'no special occasion' gift to my Dad, a private pilot and aviation enthusiast his entire life. When I gave him the book last night, he said it was one of the best presents he could ever receive. Thank you for taking the time out of your lives to write such a memorable book."- Kimberly Chauvin

"Dear Moe, Ed, Barb & Chris; First off, just wanted to pass on a GREAT JOB on the MHT Book. I am an aviation nut and love the MHT airport. I just got the book from the Manchester Library and cannot put it down (hope to by it soon or put it on my Christmas list). One thing that I wanted to bring to your attention: As homage and to bring some foot traffic to the NH Aviation Museum, I have established a Geocache at the museum. Had some great comments from the people that visited it. Thanks again for a great book!" - Richard Thompson

"I just finished reading Flying Through Time and it is likely the most complete history of an airport that I have ever seen. From the enthusiastic early days of the twenties, through World War II and the indecisiveness of the 1950s and 1960s, up to the jet age expansion and present-day success of Manchester's Airport as the most important regional airport in the Northeast-you have covered it all." - Tom Hildreth

"My brother, Paul Bolieau, got one of your books for Christmas and he is in seventh heaven with it; that means that he really likes the book." - Pat Bolieau

"Manchester's Airport: Flying Through Time"…it is a title with a deeper meaning than is first apparent. You need to have the book to understand. This masterpiece reveals a myriad of intricate details about the history of the airport that changed the outcome, as we know it today. It gives you almost a first-person feeling of the sweat and prices paid by all who played a part in its existence. Very soon you'll be aware that you have at your fingertips THE ultimate resource of information, in a well-compiled, easy to reference format. There are no other "officials" on the subject than these authors. If these aren't accolades enough, from a personal perspective, the fine narrative as it unfolded, spurred memories of a childhood growing up in the shadows of the passing planes. Though my old neighborhood has changed as a result of the infrastructure development, I can live these memories again. And to sweeten the pot further, a previously unknown tale emerged of my own ancestors taking flight here in the early days, only to lose their homestead to the growth a few short years later. No praise is enough…buy the book!"
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