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AirExpo 2018 – A Celebration of Flight and Fun for All Ages

A visual feast of technology innovation from the 20th century to today will be on full display on the ground and in the air at this year’s popular Wings of the North AirExpo at Flying Cloud Airport on July 14 – 15 (9am-5pm on Saturday and 9am-4pm Sunday). Buy tickets here:

In addition to approximately 40 iconic flying airplanes including the spectacular Wings of the North collection, participants will enjoy exhibits, famous planes used in training, combat and general aviation and have the opportunity to meet heroes from the WWII era through today.  Flights will be available for purchase in aircraft including planes, helicopters, and the Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing Stinson L-5 Sentinal, the second most widely used observation aircraft in WWII, and the popular advanced WWII pilot trainer, the AT-6 Texan.

Food options include a pancake breakfast from 8-11 a.m. each day (Adults $8, Kids $4, under 5 free) and food vendors on site.

This year’s AirExpo marks the debut presentation of Northland Aerospace Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) and virtual drone racing. Students and educators also are invited to register for 2-hour hands-on experiences in four topic areas:  Advanced Composites, Drone Build, Flight Schools and Geospatial Imagery Analysis.  Registration is required for each session:

Another new partner this year will be the Girl Scouts River Valleys Council, which is sharing the opportunity to participate in the Fling Flyer Challenge, in which students design, build and launch a rubber-band powered paper and wooden 9” airplane. The Boy Scouts Northern Star Council will return for the second year with an opportunity for Boy Scouts to earn the Aviation Merit Badge.  Registration is here:

Interested in sponsoring the event?  Please contact Bob Jasperson here.


Adult – $17.00
Children (7-12 years old) – $5.00
6 and under no charge


Tickets are also available at the gate!

Aircraft Attending AirExpo

WOTN’s North American P-51D Sierra Sue II

WOTN’s Chance-Vought F4U-4 Corsair

WOTN’s T-6 North American Texan (and others including SNJ’s)

WOTN’s General Motors TBM-3E Avenger (and one more)

WOTN’s Boeing N2S-1 and PT-17 Stearman

WOTN’s Cessna 150

1965 Champion Citrabria

Douglas AD4 Skyraider “Naked Fanny”

CAF’s Vultee BT-13 (and WOTN’s BT-15) Valiant

Noorduyn Norseman Mark VI

Howard 500

Grumman Albatross

Huey D/H Helicopter

Bell 47 Hellicopter

Aero L-39 Albatross

Hawker Sea Fury FB-11 “Sawbones”

North American T-28 Trojan

Beecraft T-34A Mentor

More Soon!

VIP’s Attending AirExpo

First Name Category
Lyle Bradley Minnesota Marine Air Reserve-Corsair pilot
Curt Brown NASA Astronaut/Shuttle Commander
Charles Burin Forward Air Controller
Chuck Childs B-17 pilot and Berlin Airlift
Jack Christopher PBM aircrewman
Dick Cole B-25, Co-pilot for Jimmy Doolittle on the raid over Tokyo
Ralph Delperdang RF-4C WSO (weapons systems operator)
Richard Donaldson B-29 pilot
Dan Farkas Navy A-1 Skyraider pilot
Stuart Ferrell Airline pilot
Jim Floring Forward Air Controller
Harold ‘Gene’ Gifford B-29 pilot, flew over USS Missouri at surrender
Gus Gustafson F-105 pilot
Wally Hartmann PBM Pilot/Navigator
Michael Huttner C-130 pilot
Herb Japs KC-135 navigator
Dick Kaminski B-17 waist gunner
Ronald Kelly F-86 pilot
Joe Latham A-1 Skyraider pilot
Timothy (TJ) Mannion A-1 Skyraider pilot
Lou Martin C-133 pilot/Vietnam/author
Jim McDougall Black Cat PBY pilot
Blake MIddleton USN AD Skyraider pilot
Bruce Myers USN F-14 RIO (Radar Intercept Officer USN)
Mark Naumann C-130 navigator
Andy Niemyer A-3/A-6 pilot
Alex Plechash F-4 Phantom pilot
Kirk Ransom USAF RF-4C pilot
Jim Rasmussen B-17 pilot
Mike Rehbein C-130 flight engineer
Joe Repya Army helicopter pilot (Desert Storm)
Cheri Rohlfing Airline pilot
Paul Sailer Army helicopter pilot (Vietnam)
Hugh Schilling B-29 Pilot, founder of Horton, Inc
Glenn Sell B-52 EWO
Darrell Smith MN Marine Air Reserves – Corsair pilot
Katt Vieten Airline and Air Force pilot (KC-135)
Bruce Young Forward Air Controller
John Zimitsch B-52 navigator


Parking is available for free onsite.  Proceed to Gate A (by the tower) and you will be directed to the parking area.  You can use the map below to get directions to the museum building which is right by Gate A.