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.

Latest News

Doolittle Raid Presentation

On Saturday, April 16, John Uldrich, archivist for the 8th Air Force Historical Society of Minnesota, will give a multi-media presentation on the 1942 raid on Japan led by Lt. Col. Jimmy Doolittle. Sixteen land-based B-25 medium bombers took off from the aircraft carrier USS Hornet to attack the Japanese mainland just four months after the attack on Pearl Harbor. Mr. Uldrich has given this excellent presentation many times including several in Japan. The presentation starts at 6PM and lasts about 90 minutes. A $10 donation is suggested for adults and $5 for children.

Photos Page

Wings of the North is proud to show off our new photos page accessible via http://wotn.org/photos.  The page serves as a landing point for pictures from our events to the years.  It will continue to grow, so check back often!  The first sets of photos on the page are primarily from volunteer Pete Markham and our thanks go out to him for sharing his talents.  If you have photos of our aircraft or photos from our events that you would like to contribute, please reach out to us using the Contact Us page at http://wotn.org/contact.

New Model Collection at the Museum

The Wings of the North Air Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of a collection of 113 beautifully replicated World War II model airplanes from John Rockwell. Each aircraft is beautifully painted to represent an aviator who flew it, a mission, unit or campaign. 
John Rockwell has had a passion for anything related to WWII since he was a child. He is an avid reader and model builder with more than 120 model airplanes in his collection and several dozen model ships.  John has taken great care to research and document each model that is now on display at the Wings of the North (WOTN) Air Museum. John loves the education value that the WOTN Air Museum will bring to others.

Coming Soon - Corsair!

It's been a long time since the late Gerry Beck's F4U-4 corsair (BuNo. 97388/NX72378) graced the skies and the ramp at AirExpo.  It was restored by Gerry over a period of 16 years and returned to the skies in 1998.  As Gerry became more involved with his P-51A replica, he didn't fly the corsair much and so it sat at the Fargo Air Museum collecting dust.  That is about to change.  It was recently ferried back to Tri-State Aviation in Whapeton, North Dakota where it is ungoing maintenance to return it to active flying status.  Once airworthy again this spring, it will spend part of the year at the Wings of the North Museum.  The photos document it's current condition at Tri-State. 

New Pictures at the Museum

Wings of the North recently received a couple of new pictures to display in the museum of Sierra Sue II.  The photograph is of former owner Roger "Doc" Christgau flying the airplane back in the 1990's.  The painting by Stan Stokes depicts the airplane in both it's Swedish "Gul Kalle" markings and in it's U.S. 9th Air Force markings.

Wings of the North Museum is OPEN!

Wings of the North operates a museum on Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  The Wings of the North Air Museum currently houses three award winning aircraft.  They are a P-51D Mustang named Sierra Sue II that saw action in Europe during World War II, and AT-6 Texan, and a Boeing N2S-1 Stearman that was used for training at the MSP Naval Air Station during WWII and was flown by future President George Herbert Walker Bush.  All the planes have been beautifully restored.  The museum also features aircraft engines, an ejection seat, a WWII Jeep built by Ford, and other displays.

The museum also houses our library of aviation and military books and videos.  This is a lending library so all items are available for use for 30 days at a time and the list of library items can be accessed through our web site at www.wotn.org. 

The museum and library are open on Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM and at other times by appointment.  Enter the airport through Gate H a mile west of the intersection of Flying Cloud Drive and Pioneer Trail and follow the instructions posted at the gate.

Volunteers are needed to work in the museum and on all the other WOTN projects.  Monetary sponsors are also needed.  If you can help with either please contact us.  Donations of items for the library and artifacts for the museum are also appreciated.