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.
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In 1946 Commonwealth re-established the construction of the Skyranger at their Valley Stream plant for just one year. By...
05/17/2019

In 1946 Commonwealth re-established the construction of the Skyranger at their Valley Stream plant for just one year. By November of 1946, production of the Skyranger stopped due to market pressures. It had many minor modifications but was essentially the same aircraft. The Skyranger 185 is fabric covered. The fuselage is welded steel tubing, and the wing has wood spars and ribs. A full electrical system was standard, and the aircraft has a large baggage compartment, and wing slots which give better aileron control at low speeds. Two 12.5-gal. wing tanks were standard, 18-gal. tanks were an option. As the anticipated post-war boom in civil aviation had not then started, Commonwealth went bankrupt in 1947, after 275 Skyrangers were built by Commonwealth.

Welcome Western Products to Fargo Air Museum, enjoy your company picnic tonight!
05/16/2019

Welcome Western Products to Fargo Air Museum, enjoy your company picnic tonight!

Welcome Thompson Public School to Fargo Air Museum!
05/16/2019

Welcome Thompson Public School to Fargo Air Museum!

In 1942 the Rearwin Airplane Company was purchased by Commonwealth Aircraft of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1943 the compan...
05/15/2019

In 1942 the Rearwin Airplane Company was purchased by Commonwealth Aircraft of Kansas City, Missouri. In 1943 the company was reorganized as the Commonwealth Aircraft Corp. The Commonwealth Skyranger 185, with its Continental C-85-12 engine, new from the factory on Long Island was about $3,000 in early 1946.

Featured Aircraft of the Week: 1942 Rearwin SkyrangerRearwin Aircraft and Engines introduced the Skyranger in 1940 as a ...
05/13/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: 1942 Rearwin Skyranger

Rearwin Aircraft and Engines introduced the Skyranger in 1940 as a side-by-side two-seat cabin monoplane. Designed by Gene Salvay and George A. Stark, the Skyanger was first flown on 9 April 1940, given Aircraft Type Certificate #729 in 1940. Seating two people side-by-side, it featured a fabric-covered steel tube fuselage and wooden wing and it sold for about $3000. It had a conventional landing gear with a tailwheel. About 85 were built by 1941.The Skyranger was the last design of Rearwin Aircraft.Production stopped in 1942 because of the war effort.

The Fargo Air Museum will be closed today May 12th.  See you tomorrow!
05/12/2019

The Fargo Air Museum will be closed today May 12th. See you tomorrow!

Today there are hundreds of Texans flying in private hands, and their value continues to rise.One reason there are so ma...
05/10/2019

Today there are hundreds of Texans flying in private hands, and their value continues to rise.

One reason there are so many T-6s still flying is because so many were built. From 1937 to the early 1950s North American and other manufacturers produced more than 16,000 Texans to satisfy the demand for advanced airplane trainers.

It remains a popular warbird aircraft used for airshow demonstrations and static displays.

This Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who served and sacrificed in the name of freedom. Honor your fallen hero by ad...
05/09/2019
Honor Your Hero - USS Midway Remembrance Wall

This Memorial Day weekend, we honor those who served and sacrificed in the name of freedom. Honor your fallen hero by adding them to Midway's Remembrance Wall today.

The Remembrance Wall will be viewable here until May 30 and select submissions will be displayed in a temporary exhibit onboard during our Legacy Week commemorations, May 25 – 27.

Honor your fallen veteran hero on the USS Midway's Remembrance Wall. This wall will be on display May 25 - 27 onboard during Midway's annual Legacy Week commemoration. Help us remember those who sacrificed all for our freedom.

The Fargo Air Museum will be closed May 26th and 27th for a private party.
05/09/2019

The Fargo Air Museum will be closed May 26th and 27th for a private party.

When you shop Mother's Day gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/45-0451637, AmazonSmile donates to Fargo Air Museum.
05/09/2019

When you shop Mother's Day gifts at smile.amazon.com/ch/45-0451637, AmazonSmile donates to Fargo Air Museum.

Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating ...
05/08/2019

Designed by North American Aviation, the T-6 is known by a variety of designations depending on the model and operating air force. The USAAC and USAAF designated it as the AT-6, the United States Navy the SNJ, and British Commonwealth air forces, the Harvard, the name it is best known by outside of the US. After 1962, US forces designated it the T-6.

Featured Aircraft of the Week: North American Aviation T-6 Texan (Harvard)The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a si...
05/06/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: North American Aviation T-6 Texan (Harvard)

The North American Aviation T-6 Texan was a single-engine advanced trainer aircraft used to train pilots of the United States Army Air Forces, United States Navy, Royal Air Force and other air forces of the British Commonwealth during World War II and the 1950s.

05/04/2019

Photos from the opening of Vietnam Week today! Presentations begin at 11:00 a.m. tomorrow, May 5.

Here is our Vietnam Memorial Week Schedule and some more info about what will be on display.
05/04/2019

Here is our Vietnam Memorial Week Schedule and some more info about what will be on display.

Under the designation XBT-16B, one BT-13A was rebuilt with a plastic fuselage for evaluation. As soon as World War II en...
05/03/2019

Under the designation XBT-16B, one BT-13A was rebuilt with a plastic fuselage for evaluation. As soon as World War II ended all versions in service were retired from the USAAF and US Navy. After 1948 a handful of BT-13's receive the revised designation T-13.

The Valiant was also known as the "Vultee Vibrator", nicknamed from its pilots.

Less than 50 of these aircraft are airworthy and have become very popular with warbird collectors and can often be seen at airshows around the country.

Who is ready for another photo contest?  Post a picture of yourself at the Fargo Air Museum for a chance to win a $50 sh...
05/03/2019

Who is ready for another 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 and use #fargoairphotocontest

From September 1939 to the Summer of 1944 a total of 11,537 Vultees were built to meet the needs of the US Army Air Corp...
05/01/2019

From September 1939 to the Summer of 1944 a total of 11,537 Vultees were built to meet the needs of the US Army Air Corps and the US Navy, making the plane one of the most important American trainer aircraft of World War II. The BT-13 production run outnumbered all other Basic Trainer (BT) types produced.

Feature Aircraft of the Week: BT-13 Valiant TrainerThe Valtee BT-13 was an American WWII-era basic trainer aircraft. It ...
04/29/2019

Feature Aircraft of the Week: BT-13 Valiant Trainer

The Valtee BT-13 was an American WWII-era basic trainer aircraft. It was built by Vultee Aircraft for the United States Army Air Corps and later US Army Air Forces. A later variant of the BT-13 in USAAC/USAAF service was known as the BT-15 Valiant. An identical version for the US Navy was known as the SNV, and was used by the US Navy, Marine Corps and Coast Guard for training.

04/27/2019

The Flying Tigers exhibit is now open and ready for your enjoyment. Thank you to Governor Burgum for joining us!

In June 1918, all Standard J-1s were grounded, although training remained intensive. Sufficient JN-4s were available to ...
04/26/2019

In June 1918, all Standard J-1s were grounded, although training remained intensive. Sufficient JN-4s were available to meet training needs, and at $2,000 per aircraft it was not cost-effective to convert them to use Curtiss OX-5 engines. Contracts for 2,600+ JS-1s were canceled, and those not used for ground instruction by the US Army were sold as surplus or scrapped. Curtiss, which produced its competitor (the Curtiss JN) bought surplus J-1s which they modified with different powerplants, for resale.

Although produced in large numbers, its four-cylinder Hall-Scott A-7a engine was unreliable and vibrated badly. While JN...
04/24/2019

Although produced in large numbers, its four-cylinder Hall-Scott A-7a engine was unreliable and vibrated badly. While JN-4 production outnumbered J-1s by about two to one to June 1918, fatalities in JN-4s versus J-1s numbered about seven to one as a result of the limited use of the J-1s. Few later production J-1s left their delivery crates.

Welcome Nordic FMCVB reps, enjoy your tour!
04/24/2019

Welcome Nordic FMCVB reps, enjoy your tour!

We love showing kids of all ages around the museum!
04/24/2019

We love showing kids of all ages around the museum!

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Standard J1The Standard J-1 was designed by Charles Day, who also designed the famous Cur...
04/22/2019

Featured Aircraft of the Week: Standard J1

The Standard J-1 was designed by Charles Day, who also designed the famous Curtiss Jenny. This two seat trainer was primarily used by the U.S. Army Air Service to supplement the JN-4Jenny. The construction of this aircraft consisted of wire-braced wood with a canvas covering. It had about 100 horsepower that was driving a two blade wooden propeller. Performance topped 72 miles per hour with an endurance of three-and-a-half hours of flight time. The J-1 at the Fargo air Museum is the oldest aircraft in North Dakota, with it being 90% original.

Pitts produced limited numbers of aircraft during the 1940s and 1950s. The Pitts Special became the standard by which al...
04/19/2019

Pitts produced limited numbers of aircraft during the 1940s and 1950s. The Pitts Special became the standard by which all other aerobatic aircraft were judged. After a number of home built aircraft were produced from rough hand-drawn plans produced by Pitts, more professionally drawn plans went on sale in 1962. While many home built aircraft were built in the 1960s, earning the S1 a reputation as an excellent aerobatic aircraft, Pitts worked on the design of a two-seat aerobatic trainer version, the S-2, which first flew in 1967 and gained its type certificate in 1971. Factory-built aircraft produced by the Aerotek company at Afton, Wyoming were joined in production by the single-seat S-1S in 1973.

In 1972, the US Aerobatic Team won the World Championships flying only Pitts biplanes

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!

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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

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(701) 293-8043

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