The non-profit Wings of the North (WOTN) hosted its 25th annual AirExpo this past weekend at the Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, drawing crowds with an impressive display of historic aircraft.
AirExpo 2023 featured 30 to 40 vintage aircraft, including the C-130 Hercules cargo plane from Minnesota’s 133rd Airlift Wing. It is touted as the largest aircraft ever to land at Flying Cloud Airport.
Visitors also had the chance to see several World War II-era planes. These included the “Sierra Sue II,” a P-51D Mustang, the F4U-4 Corsair, and the N2S-1 Stearman, a training biplane once piloted by President George H. W. Bush.
More than 20 aviation veterans attended the event, including World War II veterans Robert Holmstrom, a B-24 tail gunner, and Jim Rasmussen, a B-17 navigator.
Former members of the Seawolves Squadron, including Richard Barr, Roger Georges, Tom Olby, Mike Petersen, and Barry Waluda, were also on hand. The Seawolves Squadron, known for its service in the Vietnam War, is the most decorated squadron in U.S. Navy history.
Along with exploring numerous hangar exhibits, attendees had the opportunity to experience plane rides firsthand.
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