Wings of the North Free Special Event
Black History Month ~ Aviation’s Part of the Story
On Saturday, February 17, 2024, Wings of the North will celebrate the contributions of African Americans to our nation’s rich aviation heritage as part of Black History Month. The museum will be open to the public from 11am to 3pm for free! In addition, the first 20 children age 12 or younger will receive a free toy airplane. From noon until 1:30pm two spokespersons will be on hand to help tell the story of African Americans in aviation.
Mr. Joel Brown, well-known local Tuskegee Airmen historian and reenactor, will tell
the story of their service and their struggles. He will appear as Captain Ray B. Ware,
Intelligence Office with the 332 nd Fighter Group. These men served with honor and
distinction in the segregated US Army Air Corps. After the war they continued to fight for fair and equal treatment when they returned home.
Also at the museum will be Mr. Woody Fountain. After graduating from Howard
University and the Reserve Officer Training Corps program, he entered active duty with
the US Air Force. He served as a Flight Test Engineer before going through pilot
training and then served as an instructor pilot. He applied to fly for Northwest Airlines
and became their first Black pilot in June of 1969.
WOTN Air Museum hours are 11am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday and it is
available for private tours and parties at other times. The museum is located at 14857
Pioneer Trail, Eden Prairie MN 55347 which is just inside Gate H on the northwest
corner of Flying Cloud Airport. Follow the instructions at the call box for entry to the
airport and then follow the signs to the museum.
More information: wotn.org/museum/