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Welcome to Wings of the North Air Museum – a dynamic learning hub where we:

  • Restore and showcase flying aircraft to bring history to life
  • Honor Minnesota’s aviation pathfinders and veterans through exhibits and events
  • Provide experiences to inspire young people to explore opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics

You could fly with Heather Penney!
Enjoy the experience of a lifetime, flying with Heather Penney in the Wings of the North Stearman biplane flown by Naval Aviator Cadet George H.W. Bush in 1943.
Visit the Wings of the North Auction to bid on this and other fun opportunities, which will help build a new learning hub.
Click here periodically to see exciting new additions.
Bids close on June 22 at 9:30 p.m. You don’t need to be at the party to be a winner – but we hope you can join us!
Register at

Photo by David Leinenger

Wings of the North Welcomes Heather Penney – Aviator, Innovator, American Hero
“Shortly after the Pentagon was struck by terrorists on September 11, 2001, Heather “Lucky” Penney was called into action as an F-16 pilot, and tasked with protecting the Nation’s Capital from further harm. Her personal account of that fateful day is both riveting and impactful. It is a story that only she can tell, and one that will easily resonate with all who cherish the American experience.”
Christopher U. Browne, Deputy Director
National Air and Space Museum | Smithsonian Institution

Photo by TVR Photography

June 22 – Evening with Heather Penney
Meet the dynamic Heather “Lucky” Penney and hear about her riveting experience as an F-16 pilot on 9/11/2001. Enjoy food, craft beers, music and the chance win a flight with her in the Wings of the North Air Museum Stearman biplane flown by Naval Aviator Cadet George H.W. Bush in 1943. Register today!

Emcee: Nicole Mitchell, KSTP Meteorologist and USAF Reserve “Hurricane Hunter”
Gary Applebaum, Tumalo Creek Transportation
Anne Walters, Girl Scouts River Valleys
Jack Larsen, Optum
Rick King, Thomson Reuters
Mark Skarohlid, UTC Aerospace
Patrick Weldon, Polaris Industries

June 23 – Girls Fly Boldly With Heather Penney
Presented by Thomson Reuters
Come to Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie on Saturday, June 23 to meet the dynamic Heather Penney – aviator, innovator and true American hero. Enjoy stories, STEM role models, activities with planes, drones & more for K-12 students, including a Crew Lounge where high school participants can meet industry professionals. This is a free afternoon of inspirational, unforgettable fun at the Wings of the North Air Museum, presented by Thomson Reuters. Registration is required and available by Clicking Here.