We Are Open!

We Are Open!

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Wings of the North Museum re-opened on June 10th, 2020. Here's what you need to know. Our regular hours remain the same - Saturday and Sunday from 11am-3pm. Visitors must wear a mask in the museum.We are operating at a reduced capacity.
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BT-15 History Revealed

BT-15 History Revealed

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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 fly the aircraft before it was acquired by Wings of the North friend Mike Rawson in 1992. Chester's widow (and Mike's mother) Martha died in April of this year and…
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New Exhibit

New Exhibit

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A new display was installed in the gallery over the last weekend. It’s a 1/4 scale Ryan Broughm B-5 uncovered airplane frame. The model was donated to the museum by Michael Wallman and was hand made by his father. The Ryan Brougham was a small single-engine airliner produced in the United States in the late 1920s and early 1930s. Its design was reminiscent of the M-1 mailplane first produced by Ryan Aeronautical in 1926, and like it, was a high-wing, strut-braced monoplane of conventional design. Ryan Aeronautical also built the Spirit of St. Louis for Charles Lindbergh. A replica of the Spirit of St. Louis is on display in the hangar.
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Restoration Tour

Restoration Tour

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Greg Kaminski, our resident BT-15 Guru, provided a very interesting talk about our team’s restoration project. The BT stands for Basic Trainer used during World War II as the aircraft in between the Stearman biplane (PT-17, PT-13 or N2S) and the Advanced Trainer (AT-6 or SNJ). The visitors were able to sit in the cockpit and witness first hand what the restoration team has been laboring to rebuild. The team's goal is to have this plane flying by summer. There will be more tours of the hangar, check the events page and come out and join us! Greg Kaminiski from the restoration team.
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Ricky Snyder “Balloon Boy” Reminisces his Unplanned Free-flight Balloon Ride

Ricky Snyder “Balloon Boy” Reminisces his Unplanned Free-flight Balloon Ride

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https://youtu.be/X1qQ3TYjI-Y December 14, 2019 (50 yr anniversary) Wings of the North Air Museum hosted Rick Snyder as he reminisced about his unplanned free-flight hot air balloon ride during the Minnesota Vikings Football Game halftime show on Dev 14, 1959. Then 11 yr old Ricky was swept out of the stadium and landed on the Minnesota River where he was rescued and rejoined his family at the stadium. The hot air balloon was owned by Ricky’s family and they weaved their own baskets with reeds found in northern Minnesota by a lake and they flew it at many county fairs. Wings of the North Air Museum, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, serves Eden Prairie and the Twin Cities by showcasing our fleet of restored aircraft to: Bring history to life honoring our…
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