Francis Gary Powers Jr

On Monday, July 29, 2024, at 7pm the Wings of the North Air Museum on Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie will host a presentation by Francis Gary Powers, Jr.  His father was at the center of one of the most pivotal events of the Cold War when the American U-2 spy plane he was piloting was shot down over the Soviet Union on May 1, 1960.  He was captured by the KGB, subjected to an internationally televised show trial, and imprisoned.  Mr. Powers’ presentation will discuss the Cold War in general and his father’s ordeal in particular, leading to his exchange for convicted Soviet spy Rudolf Abel.

Tickets for the presentation must be purchased in advance and are $20 each.  Only 50 tickets will be sold.  The museum is located at 14857 Pioneer Trail in Eden Prairie.  Museum volunteers will assist with directions to parking.  The one-hour presentation will start at 7pm but doors will open at 6pm and museum admission is included in the ticket price.  Access to Flying Cloud Airport for both the public and media is through Gate H, one mile west of Flying Cloud Drive on Pioneer Trail.

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.

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

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.

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