Aircraft Museums and Collections of Minnesota

Gone But Not Forgotten: Planes of Fame – East


February 1, 2022

Photo Courtesy Tom Lymburn

Recovered from Peru in 1969, this P-47D (45-49205), shown here at Hollman Field, was painted in 56th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force colors.

Editor's Note: This new Minnesota Flyer series memorializes the state's current or past aviation museums and collections. For some of the long-gone museums and collections, it should be a nostalgia trip. Contributing writers have identified as many as 20 museums and collections and will present each in a separate article.

Founded by Bob Pond (1924-2007), a Minnesota industrialist who used aircraft in his business, Planes of Fame – East rose in the early 1990s to become one of the premier collections of airworthy World War II aircraft. During WWII, Pond, a Naval aviator, flew multi-engine...

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