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.

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.


Pathfinder Speaker Series

The Wings of the North Pathfinder Speaker Series presents John F. Hanson.

You can download the details as PDF file John Hanson Pathfinder.

A Thank You From Sue Heyward

As the first Super Bowl Heritage Flight approaches, Chuck Cravens and Glory Loebs of AirCorps Aviation received this touching tribute to the Greatest Generation from Sue Heyward, daughter of Suzy Lang, who inspired the name of the Sierra Sue II P-51 Mustang that will lead the Super Bowl flyover. Wings of the North, home of Sierra Sue, is grateful for the opportunity to help commemorate this legacy today and for future generations.  

I can never thank you enough for ALL that you have done to recognize my mom, Suzy, my dad, Earl and an entire generation whose names have faded, but whose efforts and courage live forever.

They were mostly common folk from farm and city, from families big and small, who were united in their love of this great country and a belief they could make a difference against dictators far away who spewed blind evil. They came to the cause from classrooms where they said The Pledge, hit baseballs in the spring, hauled their books to and from school, and fell in love. They came knowing that they may never return again to the house they called home, but be buried at a sweet, young age in the cemetery on the hill.

Their parents knew the sacrifice, knew the horrific pain, but kissed their foreheads, took them to the train, and went home to pray. Dear God, please may we never forget the sacrifice of so many so long ago, and thank you for the perseverance of a few who choose to honor our lost heroes with research and always, always a sense of purpose.

Thank you!

Best regards, everyone is looking forward to the Super Bowl Legacy Flight!

Sue Heyward
Daughter of Suzy Lang (Sierra Sue)