BT-15 History Revealed

BT-15 History Revealed

Museum News, WOTN News
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 while her son Mike was cleaning out the family home so that it could…
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AirExpo2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19

AirExpo2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19

WOTN News
May 3, 2020 - Wings of the North Air Museum regrets to announce that AirExpo2020 scheduled for July 18-19 is cancelled.  Minnesota is still under a stay at home order through May 18 and we have no way to predict what will happen in the coming months nor what the health guidelines will be in July to protect people against this virus.  By now, we would have to commit resources, arrange for logistical preparations, and have protective measures in place to protect our staff and attendees.  Because of circumstances beyond our control, we see no clear path to being able to proceed with a safe AirExpo2020 and have determined that this year’s event will be cancelled.  For those of you who have already purchased tickets for AirExpo2020, we are in…
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New Exhibit

New Exhibit

Museum News, WOTN News
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

Museum News, WOTN News
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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Greetings from the Board

WOTN News
The Wings of the North Board of Directors is pleased to announce the appointment of Jack Larsen as President of Wings of the North organization. In this capacity Jack will be responsible for the overall organization and will report to the Board of Directors. As President, Jack’s duties will include overall direction and accountability for the execution of the various activities of the Museum including aircraft operations, AirExpo, aircraft restoration, special events and other functions necessary for the successful operation of WOTN.Gary Applebaum will continue to lead the Board to set the mission and long term objectives of WOTN, collaborate on our growth strategy, lead the corporate sponsorship and fund raising initiatives, lend visibility in the community and approve our annual financial plan and budget. A preliminary organization chart illustrating…
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