Air Mail – News From Wings of the North

Air Mail is where you’ll find our quarterly newsletter, our news flashes of items that can’t wait and other publications put out by the volunteers at WOTN. Do you have something you would like to share? Email [email protected]

Coming At You

Coming At You

Wings of the North - AirExpo2021 - Come for planes, stay for the heroes. Presidents Message Wings of the North is happy to be open to the public and Coming At You as we present AirExpo2021, July 24-25 at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN. Join us as we...

Back In The Skies

Back In The Skies

Presidents Message: As Minnesota and our nation continue to receive vaccine treatments, our Governor is carefully relaxing restrictions on public activity while being cautiously optimistic to return to a new normal.  Our volunteer staff continue to press forward...

Our New Web Design

Our New Web Design

We are proud to announce our new web design! We have made the site into a lean, clean, flying machine that celebrates these four loves-• Love of Education - we exist to teach others about the heroism and sacrifices of our elders.• Love of Industry - rebuilding,...

Let’s Get This Party Started

Let’s Get This Party Started

To serve you better and to control the look of our messaging more fully, we have changed over to this format of delivering news of our efforts right here on our site. Please take a look at all of the exciting things going on! President's Message I don't know about...

Delivery of Sweepstakes Cessna

Delivery of Sweepstakes Cessna

Congratulations to the WOTN Sweepstakes Grand Prize Winner, who selected the WOTN Cessna 150  and flies it to its new home.

In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory

June 24, 1923 - October 16, 2020Richard “Dick’ Kaminski Age 97, of Richfield. Proudly served in WWII as a B17 Waist Gunner, flying missions over Europe with the 8th Air Force in England in the 457th Bomb Wing. Dick served in Glatten, England and flew 15 missions; the...

Wright Flyer Replica

Wright Flyer Replica

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped move and setup the flyer at the museum. The Wings of the North Air Museum now has on display a full scale replica of the Wright Flyer! The original Flyer was flown four times by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903,...

BT-15 History Revealed

BT-15 History Revealed

N69987 as it appeared in 1954-1955 from a quick scan of an original negative. Ed Pachnik's wife Shirley (left), his sister Helen Gaulke, and his sons Randy and Jim in the cockpits of N69987 circa 1954-1955. The Wings of the North BT-15 is nearly the completion of its...

New Exhibit

New Exhibit

A new display was installed in the gallery over the last weekend. It’s a 1/4 scale Ryan Broughm B-5 uncovered airplane frame. The model was donated to the museum by Michael Wallman and was hand made by his father. The Ryan Brougham was a small single-engine...

Restoration Tour

Restoration Tour

Greg Kaminski, our resident BT-15 Guru, provided a very interesting talk about our team’s restoration project. The BT stands for Basic Trainer used during World War II as the aircraft in between the Stearman biplane (PT-17, PT-13 or N2S) and the Advanced Trainer (AT-6...

Greetings from the Board

Greetings from the Board

The Wings of the North Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Larsen as President of Wings of the North organization. In this capacity Jack will be responsible for the overall organization and will report to the Board of Directors. As...

Artifact Voices

We have posted the first of a series of short videos called Artifact Voices on our YouTube channel that we are making that describe items we have in the museum. Various docents will give voice to the Artifact to help tell it's story. If you like what you see, please...

BT-15 Roars to Life

Wings Restorations (the restoration arm of Wings of the North) has been restoring a Vultee BT-15 since its acquisition in 2004. After the BT-15 entered the civilian market in 1946, it spent its entire civilian career in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The last...

YouTube Channel

YouTube Channel

Wings of the North has started a YouTube channel! If you're looking for some interesting videos of what is going on around the museum or the restoration hangar, head over to our newly created YouTube channel and check it out. If you push the subscribe button in the...

Guest Aircraft SNB-1 “Kansan”

Guest Aircraft SNB-1 “Kansan”

The Beechcraft SNB-1 "Kansan" is a Navy version of the venerable Army AT-11 "Kanasan". During World War II, the Kansan was used extensively as a bombardier/navigator trainer and gunnery trainer. While more than 1500 AT-11's were built for the Army, only 110 SNB-1's...

New Display for Museum

New Display for Museum

A new display is under construction in our hangar. It will be a diorama of a forward airfield control tower featuring our actual WWII vacuum tube and crystal field radios currently on display in the WOTN Gallery.

New Addition to the Museum

New Addition to the Museum

The museum recently acquired a US Marine Corps Mess Dress uniform that belonged to Henry "Hank" Bourgeois. Hank was a decorated F4U Corsair pilot with VMF-214 in World War II. VMF-214 was known by the name "Black Sheep Squadron" and was led by the colorful Gregory...

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