Holiday Collectible Sale

Holiday Collectible Sale

Thanks to a recent generous donation we are able to offer for sale a variety of collectible toys just in time for the holidays.  Some are in like new condition and others are well used but all are unique.  Prices start at just $1; most are $2 to $10.  Included are airplanes, cars, trucks, boats, and motorcycles.  Although the museum is closed through at least 12/18, the Gift Shop and the Collectibles Sale are still open by appointment.  Please call 952-746-6100 to schedule your appointment. This is a progressive sale.  Prices will be reduced 25% on November 28, another 25%…
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In Loving Memory

In Loving Memory

June 24, 1923 - October 16, 2020Richard “Dick’ Kaminski Age 97, of Richfield. Proudly served in WWII as a B17 Waist Gunner, flying missions over Europe with the 8th Air Force in England in the 457th Bomb Wing. Dick served in Glatten, England and flew 15 missions; the longest was 10 hours, 5 minutes to Bohlen. The shortest was 6 hours to Hopsten. He was a long time employee at Munsingwear. Richard is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of the 8th Air Force Historical Society. He was also a friend and volunteer with Wings of the North.
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Wright Flyer Replica

Wright Flyer Replica

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped move and setup the flyer at the museum. The Wings of the North Air Museum now has on display a full scale replica of the Wright Flyer! The original Flyer was flown four times by Orville and Wilbur Wright on December 17, 1903, near Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, becoming the first powered heavier-than-air craft to display sustained controllable flight. The original is on display in the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, DC. The replica aircraft was commissioned by the State of Minnesota to celebrate the centennial of the first flight in…
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BT-15 History Revealed

BT-15 History Revealed

N69987 as it appeared in 1954-1955 from a quick scan of an original negative. Ed Pachnik's wife Shirley (left), his sister Helen Gaulke, and his sons Randy and Jim in the cockpits of N69987 circa 1954-1955. The Wings of the North BT-15 is nearly the completion of its 16 year restoration at the Wings Restoration hangar on the north side of Flying Cloud Airport. On Saturday, July 25, a visitor came to the hangar to tell some stories of the aircraft. His name is Mike Pachnik and his father Chester and uncle Edward were the last people to own and…
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