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New Exhibit

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

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

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 our go-forward organizational structure is posted on the website and a few key individuals that have been identified to head up each of these sections. As you’ll note, there are still a number of open positions essential for the successful operation of our organization available for interested individuals to consider and contribute.

Please consider whether you may be interested in one of these roles. If so, please send an email with “2020 Announcement” in the title block, a short introductory paragraph on yourself, and the position you would like to volunteers@wotn.org. You will be contacted shortly after.

We have an exciting year ahead of us with many new activities and initiatives in the works that will make Wings of the North a great place to be a part of. These activities will be reflected in our 2020 calendar of events, which will be released in the next few weeks.

Happy New Year to all of you and best wishes for a prosperous and healthy new year!

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

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 Minnesota aviation heritage and veterans through exhibits and events; Inspire learners of all ages using aviation to equip them for the challenges of the 21st century; and provide a community of involvement for all.

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Artifact Voices

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!

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