Fargo Air Museum

Fargo Air Museum The Fargo Air Museum is a "flying museum," meaning the majority of the aircraft is airworthy & the aviation collection changes and rotates in & out.

04/18/2019

Appetizers, vendors and door prizes tonight at Chamber's Business After Hours. We'll be there! Will you? #fmwfbah

The Fargo Air Museum will be closed from April 20th-22nd for the Easter Holiday.  Have a great Easter weekend everyone!
04/18/2019

The Fargo Air Museum will be closed from April 20th-22nd for the Easter Holiday. Have a great Easter weekend everyone!

The museum is full of Wahpeton Elementary 6th graders today!  We love sharing our aviation knowledge with students!
04/18/2019

The museum is full of Wahpeton Elementary 6th graders today! We love sharing our aviation knowledge with students!

Curtis Pitts began the design of a single-seat aerobatic biplane in 1943–1944. The design has been refined continuousl...
04/17/2019

Curtis Pitts began the design of a single-seat aerobatic biplane in 1943–1944. The design has been refined continuously since the prototype first flew in September 1944; however, the current Pitts S2 still remains quite close to the original in concept and in design.

Several of the aircraft that Curtis Pitts built had a picture of a skunk on them and were called "Stinkers". After she bought it, aerobatic performer Betty Skelton called the second aircraft that Curtis built, "Lil' Stinker". The prototype S-2, which was the first two-seat Pitts, was "Big Stinker", the prototype Model 11 (later called S1-11B) was "Super Stinker", and the prototype Model 12 was the "Macho Stinker".

In 1962 Curtis Pitts set up Pitts Enterprises to sell plans of the S-1C to homebuilders

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Pitts SpecialThe Pitts Special was a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by Curti...
04/15/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Pitts Special

The Pitts Special was a series of light aerobatic biplanes designed by Curtis Pitts. Its first flight was in 1944. Even though the design of this plane has changed continuously since the original prototype, the current Pitts Special still remains very similar to the original design concept.

The Global Hawk UAV system comprises the RQ-4 air vehicle, which is outfitted with various equipment such as sensor pack...
04/12/2019

The Global Hawk UAV system comprises the RQ-4 air vehicle, which is outfitted with various equipment such as sensor packages and communication systems; and a ground element consisting of a Launch and Recovery Element (LRE), and a Mission Control Element (MCE) with ground communications equipment. Each RQ-4 air vehicle is powered by an Allison Rolls-Royce AE3007H turbofan engine with 7,050 lbf (31.4 kN) thrust, and carries a payload of 2,000 pounds (910 kilograms). The fuselage comprises an aluminum, semi-monocoque construction with V-tail; the wings are made of composite materials

More camp coverage on Valley News Live, thanks all for caring about our fun and free educational camps!
04/11/2019

More camp coverage on Valley News Live, thanks all for caring about our fun and free educational camps!

More camp coverage from Valley News Live, thanks Abigail and team for the media exposure on our educational fun and free...
04/11/2019

More camp coverage from Valley News Live, thanks Abigail and team for the media exposure on our educational fun and free camp programs!

Welcome, Abigail Furchner of Valley News Live!  Thank you for broadcasting from Fargo Air Museum this morning.
04/11/2019

Welcome, Abigail Furchner of Valley News Live! Thank you for broadcasting from Fargo Air Museum this morning.

The Global Hawk is operated by the United States Air Force. It is used as a High-Altitude Long Endurance platform coveri...
04/10/2019

The Global Hawk is operated by the United States Air Force. It is used as a High-Altitude Long Endurance platform covering the spectrum of intelligence collection capability to support forces in worldwide military operations. According to the USAF, the superior surveillance capabilities of the aircraft allow more precise weapons targeting and better protection of friendly forces. Cost overruns led to the original plan to acquire 63 aircraft being cut to 45, and to a 2013 proposal to mothball the 21 Block 30 signals intelligence variants. Each aircraft was to cost US$60.9 million in 2001,but this had risen to $222.7 million per aircraft (including development costs) by 2013. The U.S. Navy has developed the Global Hawk into the MQ-4C Triton maritime surveillance platform.

Grateful for the training and recognition from Dakota Medical Foundation, and for all the new friends we made on Giving ...
04/09/2019

Grateful for the training and recognition from Dakota Medical Foundation, and for all the new friends we made on Giving Hearts Day 2019! #countme #GivingHeartsDay

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global HawkThe Global Hawk is an unmanned arial vehicle (UAV) surve...
04/08/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk

The Global Hawk is an unmanned arial vehicle (UAV) surveillance aircraft. It as initially designed by Ryan Aeronautical, and know a Tir II+ during development. It can survey as much as 40,000 square miles of terrain per day.

Wright FlyerThe Flyer was conceived as a control-canard, as the Wrights were more concerned with control than stability....
04/05/2019

Wright Flyer

The Flyer was conceived as a control-canard, as the Wrights were more concerned with control than stability. However, it was found to be so highly unstable that it was barely controllable. During flight tests near Dayton the Wrights added ballast to the nose of the aircraft to move the center of gravity forward and reduce pitch instability. However the basics of pitch stability of the canard configuration were not understood by the Wright Brothers. F.E.C. Culick stated, "The backward state of the general theory and understanding of flight mechanics hindered them... Indeed, the most serious gap in their knowledge was probably the basic reason for their unwitting mistake in selecting their canard configuration."

Fargo Air Museum
04/05/2019

Fargo Air Museum

Who is ready for a photo contest? Post a picture of yourself at the Fargo Air Museum for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree at the Fargo Air Museum! We will choose one lucky winner each month. Post away!

Wright FlyerThe Wrights built the aircraft in 1903 using giant spruce wood as their construction material.  The wings we...
04/03/2019

Wright Flyer

The Wrights built the aircraft in 1903 using giant spruce wood as their construction material. The wings were designed with a 1-in-20 camber. Since they could not find a suitable automobile engine for the task, they commissioned their employee Charlie Taylor to build a new design from scratch, effectively a crude 12 horsepower gasoline engine. A sprocket chain drive, borrowing from bicycle technology, powered the twin propellers, which were also made by hand. In order to avoid the risk of torque effects from affecting the aircraft handling, one drive chain was crossed over so that the propellers rotated in opposite directions.

Customer Service /  Special Events intern to organize and book special events, manage our youth camps each month,  and e...
04/03/2019

Customer Service / Special Events intern to organize and book special events, manage our youth camps each month, and engage our membership with our monthly speaker series. This position includes event sales and coordination to include event tear down and set up, cleaning, soliciting new business. Do you have attention to detail? Do you know how to run audio visual, or if not, are you willing to learn? Love working with people of all ages and backgrounds? Position requires a great attitude, willingness to learn, and the desire to participate in the execution of successful events. Nights and weekends required, up to 20 hours a week. Immediate openings!
$12.00 per hour

Who is ready for a photo contest?  Post a picture of yourself at the Fargo Air Museum for a chance to win a $50 shopping...
04/02/2019

Who is ready for a photo contest? Post a picture of yourself at the Fargo Air Museum for a chance to win a $50 shopping spree at the Fargo Air Museum! We will choose one lucky winner each month. Post away!

Featured Aircraft of the Week: The Wright FlyerThe Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with the world's first suc...
04/01/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: The Wright Flyer

The Wright brothers inaugurated the aerial age with the world's first successful flights of a powered heavier-than-air flying machine. The Wright Flyer was the product of a sophisticated four-year program of research and development conducted by Wilbur and Orville Wright beginning in 1899. After building and testing three full-sized gliders, the Wrights' first powered airplane flew at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina, on December 17, 1903, making a 12-second flight, traveling 36 m (120 ft), with Orville piloting. The best flight of the day, with Wilbur at the controls, covered 255.6 m (852 ft) in 59 seconds.

Birthday are memorable and fun at Fargo Air Museum.  Happy Birthday Tommy!
03/30/2019

Birthday are memorable and fun at Fargo Air Museum. Happy Birthday Tommy!

DuggyThis particular DC-3 was built in 1939 and served for Australia during WWII and was surplussed in 1945. It then wen...
03/29/2019

Duggy

This particular DC-3 was built in 1939 and served for Australia during WWII and was surplussed in 1945. It then went to Canada and served for their Department of Transpiration until 1995.

In 1995, Robert Odegaard and Rob Challans under the direction of Mitch Carley, had SkyHarbour, Canada restore and rechristen the DC-3 as Duggy - The Smile in the Sky!

Welcome West Fargo Transitions Academy to Fargo Air Museum. You are in great hands with docent Butch!
03/29/2019

Welcome West Fargo Transitions Academy to Fargo Air Museum. You are in great hands with docent Butch!

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03/28/2019

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03/28/2019

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DuggyThe DC-3 was the culmination of a development effort that began after an inquiry from Transcontinental and Western ...
03/27/2019

Duggy

The DC-3 was the culmination of a development effort that began after an inquiry from Transcontinental and Western Airlines (TWA) to Donald Douglas. TWA's rival in transcontinental air service, United Airlines, was starting service with the Boeing 247 and Boeing refused to sell any 247s to other airlines until United's order for 60 aircraft had been filled. TWA asked Douglas to design and build an aircraft that would allow TWA to compete with United.

03/27/2019

Our April Junior Camp is full! Register for our May camp today to ensure your kids get a spot!

Featured Aircraft of the Week: DuggyThe Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner that revolutionized air t...
03/25/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Duggy

The Douglas DC-3 is a fixed-wing propeller-driven airliner that revolutionized air transport in the 1930s and 1940s. Its lasting effect on the airline industry and World War II makes it one of the most significant transport aircraft ever produced. It has a cruise speed of 207 mph (333 km/h), capacity of 21 to 32 passengers or 6,000 lbs (2,700 kg) of cargo and a range of 1,500 mi.

Fairchild PT-19These planes were delivered to various bases all over the country by WASPs (Women's Airforce Service Pilo...
03/22/2019

Fairchild PT-19

These planes were delivered to various bases all over the country by WASPs (Women's Airforce Service Pilots) between 1942-1944.

Thousands of the PT-19 series were rapidly integrated into the United States and Commonwealth training programs, serving throughout World War II and beyond. Even after their retirement in the late 1940s, a substantial number found their way onto the United States and other civil registers, being flown by private pilot owners.

Wrapping up a productive day with a private event, thank you for choosing Fargo Air Museum!
03/21/2019

Wrapping up a productive day with a private event, thank you for choosing Fargo Air Museum!

We love sharing fun aviation facts with little ones! The museum is buzzing with activity today!
03/21/2019

We love sharing fun aviation facts with little ones! The museum is buzzing with activity today!

Hosting Fargo Air Sho 2019 planning meeting this morning, July is just around the corner!
03/21/2019

Hosting Fargo Air Sho 2019 planning meeting this morning, July is just around the corner!

Fairchild PT-19Compared to the earlier biplane trainers, the Fairchild PT-19 provided a more advanced type of aircraft. ...
03/20/2019

Fairchild PT-19

Compared to the earlier biplane trainers, the Fairchild PT-19 provided a more advanced type of aircraft. Speeds were higher and wing loading more closely approximated that of combat aircraft, with flight characteristics demanding more precision and care. Its virtues were that it was inexpensive, simple to maintain and, most of all, virtually viceless. The PT-19 truly lived up to its nickname, the Cradle of Heroes. It was one of a handful of primary trainer designs that were the first stop on a cadet's way to becoming a combat pilot.

Save the date!
03/19/2019

Save the date!

Our "History of Aviation" wall is being restored after our $550,000 expansion  left the display lacking important finish...
03/19/2019

Our "History of Aviation" wall is being restored after our $550,000 expansion left the display lacking important finishes. Thanks to our sponsor, and board member, Toby M., who stepped up to the plate to pay for Karen Bakke, the original artist, to update the art.

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Fairchild PT-19In 1938, most military pilots were still receiving their initial training ...
03/18/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Fairchild PT-19

In 1938, most military pilots were still receiving their initial training in biplanes and designers at Farichild Aircraft recognized a need for a new trainer design; one to better approximate the more advanced types of fighter aircraft the trainees would soon be flying. The result was one of the most effective and innovative monoplane primary training planes ever designed - the Fiarchild Primary Trainer (PT).

Our first scavenger hunters, a new FREE activity included in your price of admission at Fargo Air Museum.
03/17/2019

Our first scavenger hunters, a new FREE activity included in your price of admission at Fargo Air Museum.

We had a fantastic group of campers yesterday!
03/17/2019

We had a fantastic group of campers yesterday!

All dressed up for Vietnam Memorial Week May 4-10 2019
03/16/2019

All dressed up for Vietnam Memorial Week May 4-10 2019

Huey HelicopterThe HU-1A first entered service with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 82nd Air...
03/15/2019

Huey Helicopter

The HU-1A first entered service with the 101st Airborne Division at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, the 82nd Airborne Division, and the 57th Medical Detachment. Although intended for evaluation only, the Army quickly pressed the new helicopter into operational service, and Huey Helicopters with the 57th Medical Detachment arrived in Vietnam in March 1962. The UH-1 has long been a symbol of US involvement in Southeast Asia in general and Vietnam in particular, and as a result of that conflict, has become one of the world's most recognized helicopters.

03/14/2019

The Fargo Air Museum is closed today due to weather. Stay safe!

Aircraft of the Week: Huey HelicopterThe Bell UH-1 Iroquois is one of the most successful helicopters in history, with o...
03/11/2019

Aircraft of the Week: Huey Helicopter

The Bell UH-1 Iroquois is one of the most successful helicopters in history, with over 16,000 built between 1955 and 1976. First flown in 1956 as the HU-1A (hence “Huey”), it was primarily used to transport troops, medical purposes, cargo transport, and aerial attacks. It was powered by a single 700 shp Lycoming T53-L-1 turbo shaft engine turning a large two bladed rotor.

North American P-51 D MustangOver 50 air forces around the world acquired and used the Mustang for many more years, some...
03/08/2019

North American P-51 D Mustang

Over 50 air forces around the world acquired and used the Mustang for many more years, some as recently as the early 1980s. When the US Air Force realigned their aircraft designations in the 1950s, the Mustang became the F-51.

Thank you to our volunteers for helping us ready the museum for General Darrol Schroeder's Celebration of Life.  We are ...
03/08/2019

Thank you to our volunteers for helping us ready the museum for General Darrol Schroeder's Celebration of Life. We are grateful!

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1609 19th Ave N
Fargo, ND
58102

General information

Summer Hours: Monday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sun- Closed Winter Hours: Monday - Closed Tuesday - Saturday 10 am - 5 pm Sunday - Closed Admission is $8 for adults, $7 for seniors, military & students, $5 for children, Ages 4 and under are free. Members are free. *Please check our website calendar for exceptions on our hours*

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10:00 - 19:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 17:00
Thursday 10:00 - 17:00
Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Saturday 10:00 - 17:00
Sunday 10:00 - 13:00

Telephone

(701) 293-8043

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