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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Artifact Voices

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We have posted the first of a series of short videos called Artifact Voices on our YouTube channel that we are making that describe items we have in the museum. Various docents will give voice to the Artifact to help tell it's story. If you like what you see, please subscribe to the channel to see more! https://youtu.be/RXyzoq9_fDw
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BT-15 Roars to Life

BT-15 Roars to Life

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Wings Restorations (the restoration arm of Wings of the North) has been restoring a Vultee BT-15 since its acquisition in 2004. After the BT-15 entered the civilian market in 1946, it spent its entire civilian career in Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Illinois. The last flight in the logbook took place in August of 1955 while owned by Edward and Chester Pachnik. This year has seen a rapid increase of restoration activities with the goal of getting the aircraft flying within a year. Over the weekend of September 28-29, 2019, the aircraft roared to life again as a test of the 450hp Wright R-975-11 Whirlwind engine. As can been seen in the video, there's still much to do on the airplane such as recovering control surfaces, but the engine run marks major…
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Guest Aircraft SNB-1 “Kansan”

Guest Aircraft SNB-1 “Kansan”

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The Beechcraft SNB-1 "Kansan" is a Navy version of the venerable Army AT-11 "Kanasan". During World War II, the Kansan was used extensively as a bombardier/navigator trainer and gunnery trainer. While more than 1500 AT-11's were built for the Army, only 110 SNB-1's were built for the Navy. This aircraft is one of the few SNB-1 survivors and the only active one flying today. The aircraft will be on display at least through AirExpo. A history of Beechcraft Construction Number 3815 - Navy designation SNB-1 - Bureau Number 51025 as compiled by Bob Parmerter United States Navy accepted 17 Aug 1943. To Naval Air Station Denver 1947. To Naval Air Ordinance Training Station, Chincoteague Naval Auxiliary Air Station, Virginia 1950. To Bureau of Aeronautics Maintenance & Supply, Pensacola 1951. To…
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New Display for Museum

New Display for Museum

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A new display is under construction in our hangar. It will be a diorama of a forward airfield control tower featuring our actual WWII vacuum tube and crystal field radios currently on display in the WOTN Gallery.
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