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AirExpo2020 Cancelled due to Covid-19

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 the process of issuing refunds. 

We know that this storm will pass.  Together, we can come back stronger, safer, and ready for AirExpo2021 in July 2021.   

Wings of the North wishes you all the best for a safe and healthy year. 

Wings of the North

President and Board of Directors

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Help Wanted: Archivist Assistant

Job Duties and Tasks for: “Archivist assistant”

Hello aviation community! Do you love airplanes and aviation history? We need your help at the Wings of the North Air Museum. We are looking for a volunteer Archive Assistant to help us keep our incredible museum collection in order. The primary requirement is a passion for aviation history.

Job Role & Requirements: 

  • Basic computer skills are a must (PastPerfect software familiarity is a plus but not required).
  • Use and maintain the computer archives and database. (PastPerfect training available).
  • Assist in arranging, cataloguing, storing and preserving collections of valuable materials.
  • Prepare archival records, such as descriptions, to allow easy access to information.
  • Preserve records, documents, and objects, or computer formats as necessary.
  • Research and record the origins and historical significance of archival materials.
  • Optional: Assist in document creation for publication and display.
  • Optional: Assist in educational and public outreach programs.
  • Have fun, share your passion, meet fellow aircraft lovers, and get free access to many of our exciting events!

The expected time requirement per month is 10 hours with a very flexible schedule.

If you would like more information, please contact us at museum@wotn.org.

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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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