From the Archives
August 1, 2018
Booen was born in Glenville, Minnesota, and learned to fly at Albert Lea in the Civil Pilot Training Program (CPT) before World War II. In 1942, he was assigned to the Air Material Command at Dayton, Ohio, where he inspected and trained flight crews on the Honeywell autopilot system.
In 1945, Booen began a radio and TV career. He created "World of Aviation," a program that aired on WCCO-CBS TV for 28 years. After receiving his Marine Corps commission, he went to Korea as an air traffic controller and retired with the rank of colonel from the United States Marine Corps Reserves.
During the 1960s, he founded The Minnesota Flyer Magazine and flew on many news gathering flights. Through his magazine he became a spokesperson for general aviation in Minnesota. He helped found the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame and published a book, Minnesota Aviation History.