First Monthly Volunteer Meeting Scheduled
Attention all past, current, future, and curious volunteers!
In an effort to provide more context about our organization and what you can do as a volunteer, we are going to begin having volunteer meetings each month. For now they will be once per month. As we move forward we may add more.
The meetings will consist of a quick business meeting as well as an update on upcoming events. We will also ask any visitors or new volunteers to introduce themselves. Most of these meetings will have some type of entertainment too. This may take the form of a guest speaker or movie and discussion. All current volunteers can bring friends or family who are interested in learning more about Wings of the North!
The first meeting will be August 31 beginning at 6:30 at the Museum. Our first speaker will be our own Bob Jasperson. Bob served in the US Air Force flying over 100 missions in Vietnam. He is currently the Wings of the North Museum Director.
The September volunteer meeting will feature John Beyl, Mark Tisler and Steve Kaminson. They will be discussing the rebuild of the P-51C Mustang “Tuskegee Airmen” and Red Tail Reborn documentary. The date of this meeting is still TBD.
We’d love to see all of you there – especially those who may be new to our organization or are interested in becoming a volunteer! If you have any questions about what being a volunteer for Wings of the North entails we welcome you to join us on August 31st! Come with friends and come with questions!
It is Finally Here…
It has been a long wait, but the F4U-4 Corsair has finally arrived at the museum. The plan is to fly it AirExpo on Saturday and Sunday. Come out and see! Thanks to Jeremy Dando for the photo.
SPECIAL HOURS ON THE 4TH OF JULY
WINGS OF THE NORTH AIR MUSEUM NEWS & NOTES***4TH OF JULY 2017 The museum will be open two different times on Tuesday, July 4. First we will be open from 10AM to 2PM for those of you looking for a great family outing to celebrate this patriotic holiday. If you haven’t visited recently we have some new exhibits and art work in the gallery and we expect all the airplanes to be on site for viewing in the hangar although we will not be able to do any flying.
We will also be open 8PM-10PM on the 4th! Our front parking lot has always been a popular spot to park and watch the fireworks shows from Valley Fair, Shakopee, and other locations in the river valley. Come by early to get a good parking spot and then visit the museum while you wait for the fireworks to start. As an added bonus for the kids they will be able to visit Garfield and Odie in the museum lobby and, of course, the rest of the museum will be open for the whole family to enjoy.
The show is just two weeks away on July 15-16. Check the web site for a list of the airplanes and VIPs expected to attend. This will also be your first chance to see our Corsair which is scheduled to arrive just in time for the AirExpo. We still need a few more volunteers for the show and you can sign up on the web site where you can also buy tickets for the Evening with Eagles dinner which will be held in the museum hangar. Tickets are limited so get yours now.
Bob Jasperson, WOTN Air Museum Director.
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!
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 in addition to others. The award winners 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, F4U-4 Corsair 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, an AT-11 top turret, 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.