Gen. Harrison Thyng to be honored
The Aviation Museum of New Hampshire, at 27 Navigator Road in Londonderry, will honor the late Brigadier General Harrison Thyng Nov. 9 at 1:30 p.m. as part of the museum’s Second Saturday @ Museum program. Thyng is one of only seven U.S. combat pilots who became an ace flying propeller fighters in World War II, then jet fighters in Korea where he became “the premier air combat commander of his time.” A monument was erected in his memory in Pittsfield, overlooking the Suncook River. Jim Thyng of Pittsfield, his son, will present the program. He told us more:
Why did the museum choose your dad to be honored?
Dad was one of the four principals that was selected to be represented of what is in the museum. I happened to be at the museum last November and it just so happens my wife, Marilyn, and I had developed a program in 2001 as a fundraiser for the memorial in Pittsfield. The program is the basis of what I will be presenting at the museum. We improved it by adding better videos. My wife is the technical director and my memory!
Did your dad ever talk about the wars?
He really didn’t talk much about his experiences, but it became apparent from the people that I met that served with him that he really was the guy we are honoring.
What will the presentation at the museum consist of?
We’ve developed a DVD showing not only slides of his life, but we have lots of gun camera film. Gun cameras were mounted on the nose or wing of the fighter. It shows a lot of attacks on Japan in World War II and it also shows a lot of shootdowns of MIG Russian aircraft in Korea.
Can anyone attend? Is there a cost?
It’s absolutely open to everybody. There will be a room with a display of a bunch of stuff he had, along with the presentation. The talk is free, you just have pay admission to the museum.
What is your fondest memory of your dad?
Well, I say at the end of my talk had he not been in the Air Force, he would have been a farmer. I can see him now in his garden plot in Pittsfield with dirt on his knees, raising up carrots and cucumbers. He taught me how to fly. I’m a retired Vietnam combat pilot myself.