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

Aircraft Cleaning Training!

If you are looking for a way to help out at the new WOTN Museum, here is a great opportunity.  Flying airplanes require cleaning from time to time.  If you would like to learn how to clean aircraft, come to the volunteer meeting on Thursday, April 28 at the WOTN Musuem.  Right after the volunteer meeting which starts at 18:30 will be a session on how to clean aircraft.  Come and join us!

 

Chuck Cravens At Museum Grand Opening

Chuck Cravens will sign his book “Combat Vet P-51, The History of Sierra Sue II, World War II Survivor” at the Grand Opening of the  Wings of the North Air Museum, Saturday, May 7th  at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, MN. Chuck is the historian for AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji, MN, the company who restored SSII. The book is a detailed look at the history and restoration of Sierra Sue II. The P-51 Mustang is one of three award winning aircraft housed in the new aviation museum on Flying Cloud Airport.

Books will be available at the museum and online at http://www.aircorpsaviation.com/combat-vet-p-51.

Museum Grand Opening Celebration and Pancake Breakfast Scheduled for May 7!

Wings of the North (WOTN) is pleased to announce the Grand  Opening of the Wings of the North Air Museum on Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota.  This celebration will take place on Saturday, May 7, from 8AM to 3PM.  A pancake breakfast will be held from 8AM to 11AM followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.  At approximately noon, weather permitting, one of the museum’s award winning airplanes, a P-51D Mustang named Sierra Sue II, will make a demonstration flight.  This aircraft is a combat veteran from World War II and has been restored to the exact condition and appearance it had when it flew combat missions from a field in Belgium in 1945.  

Other aircraft in the collection include an AT-6D Texan and an N2S-1 Stearman that was flown by future President of the United States George H.W. Bush in 1943 when it was based at the Naval Air Station on Wold-Chamberlain Field, now Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport.  A fourth airplane, a Navy F4U-4 Corsair, is expected to arrive later this year.

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.  It can also host private and corporate parties for groups up to 200.

New Painting at the Museum

The Wings of the North Air Museum has been presented with a painting of Naval Aviation Cadet George H.W. Bush  during primary flight training at Naval Air Station Minneapolis,  Wold Chamberlain Field. It depicts him soloing over a white Minnesota landscape in the winter of 1942-1943 in a Boeing N2S Stearman.
 
The original picture painted by  Captain Robert L. Rasmussen, US Navy, Ret. is a painting of the Stearman when NAVCAD Bush made  his first solo flight.  This Stearman and the original painting hang in the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida. WOTN’s  picture was commissioned and presented to Wings of the North Air Museum by Captain Duane Cox, US Navy, Retired with the permission of the Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola.
 

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.

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