The plan for tomorrow, February 18, is to fly both Sierra Sue II and the TBM Avenger. Unless weather or maintenance issues delay or cancel, launch time is expected to be 10:30AM. Come on out for a beautiful Saturday with beautiful aircraft!
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.
Depending on weather and potential mechanical issues, we plan to have both the TBM and the T-6 flying during museum hours. Come and check it out!
The StarTribune had some nice things to say about our organization and museum. Check them out here:
The Corsair took flight for the first time in many years last week. The folks at Tri-State Aviation have done a marvelous job getting it ready to go. We will be seeing it soon at Wings of the North!
The museum's new TBM Avenger has arrived at the museum today, December 5. It will be available to the public when the museum is next open from 6pm-8pm on Wednesday, December 7.
For more information about the TBM, visit our page about the aircraft here: http://wotn.org/avenger.
In an effort to be open more often and accomodate people who can't see the museum on the weekends, we've added a few hours on Wednesday evenings from 6-8pm. If you're looking for something to do, here's a great option!
The lineup at the museum continues to get even better. This past weekend another airplane has come to join us for a while. Ron Fagen's P-40E Warhawk is in the hangar for an extended stay. This is a Grand Champion warbird restoration from Oshkosh in 2009. If you've never heard of Ron Fagen, here's a TV news report about Ron and his airplanes from WCCO news: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/2016/11/27/fm-fagen-fighters/. We want to thank Ron for allowing us to display his P-40E and we want to encourage everyone to go out and see his whole collection at the Fagen Fighters Musuem in Granite Falls!
Sierra Sue II and the Bush Stearman are up at AirCorps getting their annual inspections and a few upgrades. In the meantime, we have a couple of beautiful aircraft to show off in their place. John Bormes has graciously lent us his 1942 PT-17 Stearman trainer with a very distinctive white, red, and blue paint scheme. We also have on display Pat Harker's gorgeous B-25J Mitchell "Lady Luck". Neither of these airplanes is often shown off at Flying Cloud Airport, so here's your chance to see some exciting new airplanes!
Wings of the North (WOTN) is pleased to announce the Grand Re-Opening of the Wings of the North Air Museum on Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota, in its new location at 10100 Flying Cloud Drive, Eden Prairie, MN 55347. This is on the southeast corner of the airport near the FAA Control Tower. The celebration will take place on Saturday, October 15, from 10AM to 2PM with a ribbon cutting at noon. Weather permitting, some museum aircraft may make demonstration flights during the event.
Aircraft in the museum collection include an North American AT-6D Texan, a Boeing Stearman that was flown by future President of the United States George H.W. Bush in 1943 when it was based at the MSP Naval Air Station, a North American P-51D Mustang which is one of only six Mustangs in the United States that flew combat in Europe in WWII and returned to the USA, and a de Havilland Beaver on amphibious floats that was once owned by Jimmy Buffet. Other aircraft expected to join the collection this year are a Vought F4U Corsair and a Grumman TBM Avenger.
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 and small private events.