This year's Volunteer of the Year shows us all what it means to be the perfect volunteer. Flexible, talented, resourceful, and always stepping up to the plate when the need arises, Greg (G3) has become involved in many areas of WINGS of the NORTH. These include working on the BT15, helping with AirExpo setup, and heading up our food areas. Greg is a volunteer who can take control of a project and see it through to completion. A quiet voice and quick sense of humor make working alongside Greg a pleasure. Kudos, a job well done, and a big thank you to the 2015 Volunteer of the Year, Greg Doeden!
Welcome to Wings of the North
Welcome to the Wings of the North home page. We are a rapidly growing organization in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area. Based out out of Flying Cloud Airport (FCM) in Eden Prairie, Wings of the North is home to one of the largest air displays in Minnesota - AirExpo! Held in July every year at FCM, AirExpo brings together people and aircraft of all type.
During the weekend of August 27-28, 2016, the Wings of the North Museum moved to its new home at Flying Cloud airport. The new location is the former Minneapolis Technical College at the southeast corner of the field near the start of runway 36. It is a newly renovated and much larger space that includes an expanded art gallery and gift shop. An added bonus is that it doesn't require our guests to go through the fence to reach us. We will be open labor day weekend (including Labor Day) from 10am-2pm. Come and check out the new space! The picture shows the building while going southbound on Flying Cloud Drive. The new address is 10100 Flying Cloud Drive in Eden Prairie.
Warbird News posted an article about Cindy Beck's Tri-State Aviation where our Corsair is being readied for a return to flight. Check it out here:
KMSP, the local Fox station offered up this take on AirExpo 2016.
The Wings of the North Air Museum will be OPEN on Memorial Day from 10am to 2pm. If it's a nice day, who knows what could happen...
If you are looking for a way to help out at the new WOTN Museum, here is a great opportunity. Flying airplanes require cleaning from time to time. If you would like to learn how to clean aircraft, come to the volunteer meeting on Thursday, April 28 at the WOTN Musuem. Right after the volunteer meeting which starts at 18:30 will be a session on how to clean aircraft. Come and join us!
Chuck Cravens will sign his book “Combat Vet P-51, The History of Sierra Sue II, World War II Survivor” at the Grand Opening of the Wings of the North Air Museum, Saturday, May 7th at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN. Chuck is the historian for AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji, MN, the company who restored SSII. The book is a detailed look at the history and restoration of Sierra Sue II. The P-51 Mustang is one of three award winning aircraft housed in the new aviation museum on Flying Cloud Airport.
Books will be available at the museum and online at http://www.aircorpsaviation.com/combat-vet-p-51.
Wings of the North (WOTN) is pleased to announce the Grand Opening of the Wings of the North Air Museum on Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. This celebration will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 8AM to 3PM. A pancake breakfast will be held from 8AM to 11AM followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony. At approximately noon, weather permitting, one of the museum’s award winning airplanes, a P-51D Mustang named Sierra Sue II, will make a demonstration flight. This aircraft is a combat veteran from World War II and has been restored to the exact condition and appearance it had when it flew combat missions from a field in Belgium in 1945.
Other aircraft in the collection include an AT-6D Texan and an N2S-1 Stearman that was flown by future President of the United States George H.W. Bush in 1943 when it was based at the Naval Air Station on Wold-Chamberlain Field, now Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. A fourth airplane, a Navy F4U-4 Corsair, is expected to arrive later this year.
Other displays in the WOTN Air Museum include aircraft engines, an ejection seat, aircraft models, artwork, a Link trainer, and many other aviation artifacts. The museum is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10AM to 2PM and at other times by appointment for private group tours. It can also host private and corporate parties for groups up to 200.
The Wings of the North Air Museum has been presented with a painting of Naval Aviation Cadet George H.W. Bush during primary flight training at Naval Air Station Minneapolis, Wold Chamberlain Field. It depicts him soloing over a white Minnesota landscape in the winter of 1942-1943 in a Boeing N2S Stearman.
The original picture painted by Captain Robert L. Rasmussen, US Navy, Ret. is a painting of the Stearman when NAVCAD Bush made his first solo flight. This Stearman and the original painting hang in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. WOTN’s picture was commissioned and presented to Wings of the North Air Museum by Captain Duane Cox, US Navy, Retired with the permission of the Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola.