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 By Tim Hennagir    News    December 1, 2021 

Banquet Attendance Produces Aviation Auld Lang Syne

One of the highlights of the year (ranking next to AirVenture at Oshkosh) is the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Banquet, which inducts new members annually. The COVID-19 pandemic forced a three-time...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee Profile

Each year, the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) inductee selection committee meets in June to review nomination submissions and to select the following year's inductees. Selection includes...

 
 By Jeremy D. Dando    News    December 1, 2021 

Minnesota's 'Baron of Beechcraft' Closes Out Career

One of the great things about visiting Anoka County-Blaine Airport (KANE) is you never know what is hidden behind a given set of hangar doors. It could be a Cessna 152, or something exotic like a...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    December 1, 2021 

Confessions of an Airshow Announcer – The Hawker Sea Fury

"And now ladies and gentlemen, from your right, keep your eyes on the landing lights and the wing tip smoke generators. Cameras ready! Let's rock and roll with Commander Curt Brown and the vortex demo...

 
 By Kreg Anderson    News    December 1, 2021 

Ferry Flight Creates Educational Opportunity

As long as I've been flying I've always enjoyed having the opportunity to fly new planes and experience new places. Matter of fact, one of my favorite services to provide as a professional pilot is...

 
 By Wayne Flury    News    December 1, 2021 

An American Stearman Spotted In The U.K.

Regular Minnesota Flyer readers may recall a promise to provide updates on the saga of a 1943 Boeing Stearman, previously owned by Ray Johnson. Johnson had sold his beloved biplane to Paramount...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    November 1, 2021

Minnesota B-17 Pilot Had Unique War History

Frank Valesh had a career in military aviation that was brief, interesting, and frequently violent. From September 1943 until August 1944 Valesh flew B-17s for the U.S. Army's Eighth Air Force in Grea...

 

Trio Of Female Pilots Evacuate Afghan Orphans

Twenty-six year old Kaitlyn (LaFrance) Hawkinson sort of fell in to her career as a pilot in the U.S. Air Force. Even her mother, who thought Kaitlyn (now Capt. Hawkinson) might pursue a career in the...

 
 By Jim Hanson    News    November 1, 2021

Albert Lea Area WWII Vet Gets A Surprise

A WW II open-cockpit biplane dropped into Albert Lea Airport on short notice Aug. 31. Though WW II aircraft are increasingly rare, this wasn't unusual. What WAS unusual is that it made a special trip...

 

EAA Chapter 25 Banquet Features Gary Powers, Jr.

EAA Chapter 25 sponsored a fantastic banquet on Sunday, Oct. 3, at the Crystal Lake Golf Club and Banquet Facility in Lakeville, Minnesota. The guest speaker was Gary Powers, Jr., the son of famed Col...

 

Minnesota Air National Guard Recognizes Airmen

The Minnesota Air National Guard hosted its first-ever Flight of Honor induction ceremony in mid-October, recognizing seven inaugural inductees for career accomplishments. Flight of Honor recognizes...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee Profile

Each year, the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) inductee selection committee meets in June to review nomination submissions and to select the following year's inductees. Selection includes...

 
 By Wayne Flury    News    November 1, 2021

A Bonanza For Pine County Historical Society

Ray Johnson has lived in or near Buffalo, Minnesota since 1960, but remains a very proud son of Pine County. He grew up on a farm near Pine City and graduated Pine City High School in 1950. After a...

 

Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame Inductee Profile

Each year, the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) inductee selection committee meets in June to review nomination submissions and to select the following year's inductees. Selection includes...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    October 1, 2021

Minnesota DNR Aviation's 'Go-To Guy' Retires

John Heineman retired from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Enforcement Division's Aviation Unit in early July. His next move was to go fishing. Since that outdoors season is when DNR...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    October 1, 2021

DNR's First Female Pilot Has Historical Counterpart

Cora Fuller trained in a Stinson "Detroiter" to become the first Minnesota woman to receive a pilot's certificate after 30 hours of instruction at the Fairmont Airport. The Detroiter was a rather...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    October 1, 2021

Wings Of North Searching For New Home

Wings of the North, the aviation history non-profit that's based at Flying Cloud Airport in Eden Prairie, hit unexpected organizational turbulence this summer. "We were informed just before July's...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    October 1, 2021

Sodbuster STOL Returns To Minnesota

The Husky National Sodbuster STOL Short Takeoff & Landing Competition Series Aug. 5 to Aug. 7 at Brainerd Lakes Regional Airport featured almost 30 aircraft. "We were excited to bring this event...

 

New Karlstad Airport Is Fully Funded

Karlstad is getting a new airport. The most recent Minnesota state transportation budget signed by Gov. Tim Walz includes grants totaling $5.6 million for the city of Karlstad to relocate and build a new public airport. The city estimates a new...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    October 1, 2021

Sept. 11 Commemorative Flyovers Featured F-16s

Three large Minnesota events commemorated the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks with flyovers featuring F-16 fighter aircraft. Planes from the Minnesota Air National Guard's 14...

 
 By Tom Lymburn    News    September 1, 2021

Oshkosh Pilgrimage Contains Constants

Early Sunday morning I negotiated my way around the southern part of the Twin Cities to avoid the orange barrels, cones, and hulking construction equipment. Traffic was light. I crossed the river at...

 

Hartzell Acquires Tanis Aircraft Products

Hartzell Propeller has purchased the assets of Tanis Aircraft Products, a Minnesota-based manufacturer of engine preheat systems for fixed and rotary wing aircraft. The Tanis brand will become part...

 
 By Tim Hennagir    News    August 1, 2021

Battle Lake's 'Tribute To Gerry Beck' Returns

The first Saturday in September the community of Battle Lake will welcome the return of an popular aviation event that will honor two special people. Pat Kostelecky, a driving force behind the Battle...

 
 By Tom Foster    News    July 1, 2021

DNR Stocking Effort Features Flying Fish

Humans have been "stocking" fish for a couple millennia. Chinese palaces often featured ponds inhabited by ornamental fish and archaeological evidence suggests several Mediterranean civilizations...

 

MPA Recognizes Aviation Mechanics At GMAG

The Minnesota Pilots Association honored a recipient of the FAA's Charles Taylor Master Mechanic Award and the 2021 Minnesota Pilots Association Aviation Technician Award recipient during the 2021...

 

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