Special Guests at the Museum
The museum welcomed some special guests on a tour this week. Members of the Retired Northwest Pilots Association (http://www.rnpa.org/) came together and got a special tour of the museum arranged through the Northwest Airlines History Center (http://www.nwahistory.org).
Sign of the Times
Our long awaited sign is now finally in place on the side of the museum building. It was worth the wait!
Celebrate the 90th Anniversary of Lindbergh’s Flight
To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Charles Lindbergh’s historic 1927 solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean the first 25 children ages 8 to 15 visiting the museum on Saturday, May 20, and Sunday, May 21, will receive a free wooden model kit of the Spirit of St. Louis. Assembly is required and adult help is suggested. A smaller, simpler airplane kit will be available for younger children.
Bush Stearman and TBM Avenger Return Home
The Bush Stearman and the TBM Avenger returned to the museum yesterday from AirCorps Aviation after annual inspections, maintenance, and some upgrades. Most notably, the Stearman now sports an electrical system and radio. Both are carefully hidden to not destroy the look the airplane had in its World War II configuration.
Donation from Curt Hills and the MIA Hunters
The museum has been given four Bryan Moon prints to display in the Wings of the North Aviation Art Gallery at the museum. Three are about the World War II raid on the Ploesti, Romania oil refineries. The fourth is a North American B-25 Mitchell lifting off the USS Hornet in April of 1942 to attack Tokyo as part of the famous Doolittle raid. The paintings include two letters to Bryan Moon from Jimmy Doolittle and a piece of aircraft #3 recovered from its crash site in China. In addition MIA Hunters also made a cash donation.
We are grateful to the MIA Hunters and their board member Brig. Gen. Dennis Schulstad, Ret. for their work and for thinking of the Wings of the North Air Museum!
About the Museum
Wings of the North operates a museum on Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, Minnesota. The Wings of the North Air Museum currently houses three award winning aircraft. They are a P-51D Mustang named Sierra Sue II that saw action in Europe during World War II, an AT-6 Texan, and a Boeing N2S-1 Stearman that was used for training at the MSP Naval Air Station during WWII and was flown by future President George Herbert Walker Bush. All the planes have been beautifully restored. In addition to our award winning aircraft, the museum also has a TBM-3E Avenger and many other aircraft that come and go throughout the year. The museum also features aircraft engines, an ejection seat, a WWII Jeep built by Ford, and other displays.
The museum houses our library of aviation and military books and videos. This is a lending library so all items are available for use for 30 days at a time and the list of library items can be accessed through our web site at www.wotn.org.
The museum and library are open on Saturdays AND Sundays from 10AM to 2PM and at other times by appointment.
The museum is located in the southeast corner of the airport near the end of runway 36 and the control tower.
Volunteers are needed to work in the museum and on all the other WOTN projects. Monetary sponsors are also needed. If you can help with either please contact us. Donations of items for the library and artifacts for the museum are also appreciated.