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 By Terry Baker    News    October 1, 2020


The Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame (MAHOF) is pleased to announce the application process for our 2021 aviation scholarship program "Giving Wings to Dreams" is now open for submissions from October...

 By Tom Lymburn    News    October 1, 2020

Confessions of an Airshow Announcer

An ongoing series by Tom Lymburn "Ladies and gentlemen, to your right, on final approach, the greatest transport plane in history. Cameras ready! Please welcome, the Douglas DC-3!" She came "over the...

 By Chad Armstrong    News    October 1, 2020

A Trip Into Fall

Many of my friends and family consider themselves to be "fall" people. However, as a self-admitted summer junkie that tends to think of the future instead of the present, I often describe myself as a...

 By Tom Foster    News    September 1, 2020

Honey Bun

John Parker was a pioneer. Growing up on a Southern Minnesota farm, he loved horses, but his fate took him to aviation and the use of aircraft for conservation and wildlife management. From 1949...

 By Paul Jackson    News    September 1, 2020


Paul Jackson of Eden Prairie sent in this story about a "splash" held in lieu of AirVenture. What do you do when a pandemic wipes out the most popular flying event in the world that just happens to ha...


Memories of Oshkosh

This collection of photo memories was submitted by aviation enthusiast and photographer, Greg Drawbaugh. For myself as a non-pilot and non-aviator, taking images of the event is the main purpose of...


The $100 Salmon

Riding my motorcycle to Buffalo Municipal Airport (KCFE), I took in a few deep breaths of fresh country air while basking in the rays of the warm summer sun. The smooth, steady rhythm of the...

 By Tom Foster    News    August 1, 2020

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources Aviation Fleet

"Our mission is to conserve and manage the state's natural resources, to provide outdoor recreation opportunities, and to provide for commercial uses of natural resources in a way that creates a susta...

 By Chad Armstrong    News    August 1, 2020

Memories of Oshkosh

In 1993 when I was 14 years old and already an airshow fanatic, my father took me on my first pilgrimage to the Oshkosh Fly-In Convention (it would not be named AirVenture until years later). Fast...

 By Tom Lymburn    News    August 1, 2020

Confessions of an Airshow Announcer

In three decades of air display announcing, I've been privileged to interview many members of what journalist Tom Brokaw called "The Greatest Generation." This has included members of the Flying...

 By Katie Leibel    News    August 1, 2020

Surfside Seaplane Base: 50 years of thanks

Reprinted with permission from Press Publications. Surfside Seaplane Base in Lino Lakes is celebrating its 50th birthday. The seaplane business, known for its maintenance, classes and air rides, has...

 By Ray Pittman    News    July 1, 2020

Back in the Family

Every once in a while, you'll hear or read a story that just makes you feel good inside, or you might say to yourself, "That's a great story!" Chuck Datko's story of how he came to sell his T-6 Texan,... Full story

 By Tom Lymburn    News    July 1, 2020

Confessions of an Airshow Announcer

I like to walk the field ahead of time. Early morning is best – time to drink in the atmosphere and savor, however briefly, the newly mown grass, listen to the birds that swoop low over the runway... Full story


Just a note

The aviation world lost a special lady in June. Dame Vera Margaret Lynn Welch passed away at her home in England on June 18, 2020 at the age of 103.Vera gained popularity during WWII performing for the troops on the front line and became known as...

 By V. Jones    News    July 1, 2020

Open but Private

Although there is still much work to be done and funds to be raised, the Isle City Council voted recently to keep the airport open. At the June meeting of the Isle City Council a vote was taken which... Full story

 By Tom Foster    News    July 1, 2020

Air Freight

Back when "overnight delivery" was exotic, an interesting fleet of airplanes flew "time sensitive" stuff like legal papers and canceled checks. One such aircraft was the Beech 18. Originally a... Full story

 By Mark Manning    News    July 1, 2020

Let's Get Technical

If you are in the process of building or restoring your own aircraft you can now send in a question to be answered in a future issue of the Minnesota Flyer by Technical Advisor Mark Manning. Please su... Full story


Readers Page

Share your photo - This can be anything aviation related, an item of interest, i.e. artifact, piece of clothing, collector items, models, paintings, original photo's of aircraft in flight, and so... Full story

 By Tom Foster    News    June 1, 2020

"May you live in interesting times." (Chinese curse)

It would be hard to imagine more interesting times than what our planet has recently experienced. The coronavirus worldwide pandemic and the resulting government responses have very much changed the... Full story

 By V. Jones    News    June 1, 2020

Memories of Oshkosh

On May 1st, 2020, came the EAA announcement that the 68th annual Oshkosh fly-in event scheduled for July 20-26th was to be canceled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. It was not an easy decision but for... Full story

 By Tom Foster    News    June 1, 2020

Einar Mickelson

In all the history of aviation, only 99 pilots can claim to have been "Flying Tigers." The nickname was later adopted by the 23rd Fighter Group of the U.S. Army Air Force, but the original Flying... Full story


Midway Rd.

(With permission of the Proctor Journal) Tuesday, April 14 pilot/owner Tyler Nelson was forced to make an emergency landing on Midway Rd. (approx. 10 miles west of Duluth) after his Cessna 172K's... Full story

 By Bethany Helwig    News    June 1, 2020

Flyovers honoring those on COVID-19 frontlines

Moose Lake was able to enjoy being a part of a statewide effort made by the National Guard to honor those on the COVID-19 frontlines. On Wednesday, May 13, pilots from the Minnesota National Guard's 1... Full story

 By Randle Corfman    News    May 1, 2020

Hangar Flying

We are all pretty worn down by the precautions that were electively taken by our governor with regard to the COVID-19 virus, and many of us are pretty much over it. It is time to get back to doing... Full story

 By Tom Foster    News    May 1, 2020


British Prime Minister Winston Churchill had a way with the English language. He also liked the sound of his own voice. Many of his speeches in Parliament lasted so long that some members were nearly... Full story


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