A Bonanza For Pine County Historical Society

Ray Johnson Donates Aircraft To Area Museum - By Wayne Flury


November 1, 2021

Photo Courtesy Pine County Historical Society Director Toni Nieswaag

While researching the records of the Bonanza, Ray Johnson found that it was first owned and operated by Jeppesen, the well-known supplier of aviation navigation charts.

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 stint in the Army, Johnson returned home and an interest in aviation was sparked by flights with his brother who had purchased an airplane. In a series of fortunate events, Johnson also learned to fly, bought the first of many aircraft he has owned, met his future wife, and began a long career as a corporate pilot.

Fast forward a few decades; a sister who still lives in Pine County told Johnson...

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