Pathfinder Speaker Series

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Spirit of St. Louis Replica Rises Again

Spirit of St. Louis replica flies again in the Wings of the North hangar.

It has been more than a decade since the Spirit of St. Louis replica has taken to the air.  This week, with help from a lot of people, the replica was raised up into the sky inside the museum hangar to fly much as it did for the years it graced the skies of the Minneapolis/St. Paul International Lindbergh Terminal.   Check out the photo album below to see the work it took to bring this plane back into the sky.

Special thanks to:  L&M Associates, LTD, Havtek Structural Consulting, Olson Chain & Cable, Kraemer North America and Club Jet for their expert assistance getting the Spirit of St. Louis in the air again, and thank you again to the Metropolitan Airports Commission for allowing Wings of the North to display it.

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New Painting at the Museum

MIA Hunters crew from l to r: Curt Hills (Director of Mission Planning), John Lane (Mission Member), Dayle Radde (Mission Leader), and Rod Stickler (Mission Leader)
he Wings of the North Air Museum recently received a beautiful original piece of art from the MIA Hunters.  This group, lead by the late Bryan Moon, would locate World War II crash sites of American military aircraft, aid in the recovery of American Missing In Action servicemen, and bring them back for burial here in the U.S.  This was done at no expense to the families through generous sponsors of their operations.
Bryan Moon was also a talented artist and created this tribute to General Chuck Yeager.  Shown in the photograph are Bob Jasperson, Museum Director, Curt Hills (Director of Mission Planning), John Lane (Mission Member), Dayle Radde (Mission Leader), Rod Stickler (Mission Leader), and Judy Jasperson, Museum Curator.  This pastel original is now available for viewing during regular museum hours.
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Navy ROTC and Wings of the North Mark 75th Anniversary of Training Flights by Cadet George H.W. Bush

Bob Jasperson, WOTN Musem, left, with Navy ROTC team and Shawn Hokuf, second from right, WOTN Director of Flight Ops

Navy ROTC Commander Christopher Carter and midshipmen from the University of Minnesota participated with Wings of the North Air Museum in commemorating a very special anniversary.

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Super Bowl Flyover Wrapup

The Super Bowl flyover was a huge success.  Take a look at the photos and videos the event generated!

The flyover from the vantage point of the F-16 Falcon.

The flyover looking back from Sierra Sue II.

The flyover from the vantage point of the A-10C Thunderbolt II’s.

A practice run on the Friday before the big event from a camera pointed rearward under Sierra Sue II’s wing.

A video put together by the folks at AirCorps Aviation to capturing the dress rehearsal for the flyover.

Steve Hinton in Sierra Sue II from Al Pike on Vimeo.
Volunteer Al Pike put together this video from the weekend.

Museum Volunteer Peter Markham captured some great moments during the dress rehearsal for the flyover.


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