New Acquisition

The Wings of the North Air Museum is now the proud owner of an L-19 Bird Dog built by Cessna as their Model 305A, based on the Cessna 170,  with deliveries starting in 1950.  Some saw duty during the Korean War.  Later redesignated as the O-1, this type of aircraft flew during the Vietnam War in the role of a Forward Air Controller (FAC), one of the most dangerous flying missions of that war.  Among all USAF pilots assigned to fly the O-1 in Vietnam 49% were killed in action!

Our Bird Dog was an Oshkosh award winner in 1988 and will be a great addition to the museum.  It is getting a new annual inspection now and we hope to have it in the museum hangar by June 1 or shortly thereafter, depending on inspection results.  Stop by and see our newest addition!

 

Welcome to Wings of the North!

SKYWARD!

At WOTN, we believe in four core values that guide our efforts. They are: 

• Love of Education

• Love of Industry

• Love of People

• Love of Flying

 

Wings of the North Restorations

our Collection - Love of education

Our extensive collection features flying and static aircraft in addition to multiple displays, vehicles, a gallery and a gift shop. We will be opening in our new temporary home next door to our restoration hangar in September.

Wings Restorations - love of industry

We are excited about the many projects going on in our restoration hangar which include planes and other historical artifacts. While Covid has complicated the process, we continue to make headway on the BT-15 and hope to start in earnest on the AT-11 soon after.

Wings of the North Restorations

Our Volunteers! – Love Of People

Our Working Collection – Love Of Flying

Wings of the North Boeing Stearman
Wings of the North Boeing Stearman
Wings of the North Boeing Stearman
Wings of the North Boeing Stearman
Wings of the North Boeing Stearman

SHOP ‘TIL YOU DESCEND!

Wings of the North has you covered for unique aviation gifts, take a look!  All profits go towards making the museum collection accessible and affordable for everyone.

Air Mail – News From Wings of the North

Wings Quarterly – February 2024

Wings Quarterly – February 2024

VOLUNTEERS/VOLUNTEERS/VOLUNTEERS! It’s simple.  Wings of the North needs more active volunteers.  Our ability to set up displays at other aviation events while simultaneously running the museum, restoration, and sweepstakes activities has become...

A Celebration of the Ejection Seat

A Celebration of the Ejection Seat

On January 13, 1942, somewhere over Germany, test pilot Helmut Schenck was aboard a prototype of the HE-280 aircraft when things went badly.  Shortly thereafter he became the first person to use an ejection seat to escape from a crippled aircraft.  It was a...

AirExpo VIP Bob Pardo Flies West

AirExpo VIP Bob Pardo Flies West

It is always sad when we lose another one of our AirExpo VIP's. Lieutenant Colonel John Robert "Bob" Pardo, USAF Ret. flew west recently. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, especially his beloved wife Kathryn. Here's his biography from when he...

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