Museum’s New Location is OPEN!
Final touches are still being added, but the WOTN Museum has opened its doors and hangar on Saturday, September 3 at 10am. Sierra Sue II kicked off the morning with a flight up to the Battle Lake Airport for the annual fly-in tribute to Gerry Beck.
New Painting at 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.
New Model Collection at the Museum
The Wings of the North Air Museum is proud to announce the acquisition of a collection of 113 beautifully replicated World War II model airplanes from John Rockwell. Each aircraft is beautifully painted to represent an aviator who flew it, a mission, unit or campaign.
John Rockwell has had a passion for anything related to WWII since he was a child. He is an avid reader and model builder with more than 120 model airplanes in his collection and several dozen model ships. John has taken great care to research and document each model that is now on display at the Wings of the North (WOTN) Air Museum. John loves the education value that the WOTN Air Museum will bring to others.
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.