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AirExpo 2017 is scheduled for July 15-16, 2017.
You can buy discounted tickets here.

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.

B-17 Flying Fortress Model at the Museum

Bob Jasperson accepts a model of the B-17 Flying Fortress “Ten Aces” from Steve Marks, Dick Kaminski, and Raold Knutsen of the 8th Air Force Historical Society. This handmade model has a 10 foot wing span and is on loan to the Wings of the North Air Museum. Come check it out! Museum is open Saturdays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM or by appointment.

Link Trainer Has Arrived

We have added a restored Link Trainer to the collection recently.  Link Trainers were produced from the early 1930’s to the 1950’s by Link Aviation Devices Incorporated and were the first practical flight simulator.  They were extensively used during World War II.  For more information, check out this Wikipedia entry about them:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Link_Trainer

New Pictures at 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.

Congratulations to Aircorps Aviation and Paul Ehlen!

Our sincerest congratulations go out to Paul Ehlen and Aircorps Aviation for their mutual success at EAA’s AirVenture with the Bush Stearman and Sierra Sue II.

Best Stearman
Paul Ehlen
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
Boeing Stearman N2S-1 Kaydet, N50061
Silver Wrench
Air Corps Aviation
Bemidji, Minnesota

Reserve Grand Champion – World War II
Paul Ehlen
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
North American P-51D Mustang, N1751D
Gold Wrench
Air Corps Aviation
Bemidji, Minnesota

For more information from the EAA website, click here.