Minnesota's 'Baron of Beechcraft' Closes Out Career

Don Rott Looks Back At Historic Run In Aviation Business


December 1, 2021

Jeremy D. Dando

It was a historic day Saturday, Oct. 16, at the former Don Rott Aircraft Sales, 2176 Indiana Lane, Anoka County-Blaine Airport. A hangar sale closed out 50 years of Minnesota general aviation history. Pictured are Don and June Rott (front row) and Kristi Youngquist, Cindy Walz, and Joe Walz. Kristi and Cindy are Don and June's daughters; Joe is their son-in-law.

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 YAK-18 or an Aero Vodochody L-29. You might even meet a Minnesota aviation legend like Don Rott.

On a cool October day, I had the great pleasure to sit down with Don and reminisce.

Before our meeting I did not know him, but after I had, I was a richer man for our conversation, after getting a glimpse into a 50-year career that touched many facets of Minnesota aviation.

The day was bittersweet in...

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