Fargo Air Museum

Fargo Air Museum The Fargo Air Museum aims to promote aviation through education, preservation and restoration. We are a 501(c)(3) Non-profit
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New games in stock! 🎉 "Clue: WWII Spies & Espionage" and "Monopoly WWII We're All In This Together" are available now - ...
12/07/2023

New games in stock! 🎉 "Clue: WWII Spies & Espionage" and "Monopoly WWII We're All In This Together" are available now - perfect for holiday presents!

If you'd like to reserve a game, give us a call (701-293-8043) or email us at [email protected]. You can pick it up as early as Saturday, and get it wrapped and under the tree the same day!

The Fargo Air Museum is closed Tuesday, December 5 through Friday, December 8. The Museum resumes regular operating hour...
12/05/2023

The Fargo Air Museum is closed Tuesday, December 5 through Friday, December 8. The Museum resumes regular operating hours on Saturday, December 9.

Much like our mounted Pitts Special, the Museum itself has been flipped for a private event, but we hope to see you this Saturday!

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐶Finnegan is a two year old pup with nothing but love for treats, pets, and more treats. Finn posed cha...
12/03/2023

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐶

Finnegan is a two year old pup with nothing but love for treats, pets, and more treats. Finn posed charmingly for a photo with the Bird Dog with minimal biscuit bribery, and for that we give him a paws-itive review! 🐾

12/01/2023

Everyone loves summer camp, right? If you ask us, it’s even better when Fighter Jets are involved! In May/June 1958, the participated in a 2 week long summer camp at in Wisconsin. This camp tested the 119th FG’s ability to relocate at a moments notice and conduct fighter operations, as well as test the effectiveness of ground support personnel such as ammo, fuel and maintenance airmen. During this era, the NDANG was flying the Lockheed F-94C Starfire, a largely forgotten about jet from the early days of the Cold War. Today, only one F-94C is still in Fargo and it is displayed at the Air Guard Base’s Heritage Memorial Park.

For the veterans of the 119th, you may recognize the name of the previous owner of this book. Hint: He’s been mentioned many times by us! 😁

Restoration.Some days we wish our planes could talk. While thousands of stories are shared and recorded by the pilots an...
11/29/2023

Restoration.

Some days we wish our planes could talk. While thousands of stories are shared and recorded by the pilots and crewmen aboard the aircraft, some are left with untold accounts of their first flights, harrowing missions, and final days in the air. Without the preservation of their stories, time takes its toll on history, degrading the physical aircraft and its ability to serve as a reminder from times past.

Fargo Air Museum volunteers and supporters recognize and readily step forward to back the labor of love that is warbird restoration. One such project lies among the wings of the North American TB-25K Mitchell on display at the Museum. Once retired from military service in 1959, our B-25 sat in a Texas field until 1981 when it was rescued by Gerry Beck and flown to Wahpeton, North Dakota. It was kept there until it was moved for display at the Fargo Air Museum in 2014. After several years spent outside, exposed to Texas summers and North Dakota winters, it’s time for restoration has finally come.

Dave Mohn, longtime volunteer of the Fargo Air Museum, heads the restoration with a collection of books, photographs, and years of aviation maintenance experience among his team of volunteers. In an interview with Planes on the Prairie, Mohn stated the plan is to do a “historical and educational restoration” of the outside and inside of the aircraft. Once restoration is complete, the exterior will resemble the paint scheme of when it was retired from service, and the interior components will be cleaned up to provide an interactive, educational tool for Museum camps.

Restoration projects like this thrive with community support. This Month of Giving, consider a donation to the Museum in honor of preserving historic aircraft like the B-25 Mitchell. Show your support today at fargoairmuseum.org/take-action

Additionally, volunteers of all ages and experience are welcome to participate, and donations of B-25 parts, paint, restoration materials, and more are greatly appreciated. Learn more about the progress made since the restoration began here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-KQmgEBJJc

We have some exciting news to share with you! 🎉If you're subscribed to our emails, (museum members & supporters of the M...
11/28/2023

We have some exciting news to share with you! 🎉

If you're subscribed to our emails, (museum members & supporters of the Museum, we're looking at you 👀) check your inbox! We're working on a new event and we can't wait to share it with you.

For those of you not subscribed 😢 stay tuned for more details coming soon.

Our last Turn It, Build It STEAM Camp of the year will be "engraved" into our memory forever! 🧠😉All our campers learned ...
11/27/2023

Our last Turn It, Build It STEAM Camp of the year will be "engraved" into our memory forever! 🧠😉

All our campers learned how to set up a laser cutter/engraver, then developed and printed their own pattern! Check out what they chose to engrave in the photos below💥🤓

Stay tuned for an announcement of the 2024 camp schedule and themes! 📚

With mug in hand, "We Can Do It!" The Museum is a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs - toys, plushies, drinkware...
11/25/2023

With mug in hand, "We Can Do It!"

The Museum is a one-stop shop for all your Christmas needs - toys, plushies, drinkware, clothing, and more!

You can even get a gift fit for the whole family - a membership to the Museum!

Happy Thanksgiving from our resident "Turkey" 🦃 Wondering why the TBM Avenger is nicknamed the turkey? 1) It's a big bir...
11/23/2023

Happy Thanksgiving from our resident "Turkey" 🦃

Wondering why the TBM Avenger is nicknamed the turkey? 1) It's a big bird! 2) The wings swing back (unlike the Corsair which swings up) much like how a turkey tucks in their wings.

Reminder, the Fargo Air Museum is closed Thursday, November 23 through Monday, November 27. The Museum will reopen Tuesday, November 28 at 10am!

Education.As kids enter the Museum for the first time, their eyes widen, their voices raise, and their hands tug on thei...
11/22/2023

Education.

As kids enter the Museum for the first time, their eyes widen, their voices raise, and their hands tug on their family's sleeve with an excited, "look, look, airplanes!" When given the opportunity to learn more, that sense of wonder and curiosity transforms into passions and dreams for the future.

Weekend classes like our Youth Aviation Camps and STEAM Camps empower campers to step outside their comfort zone, make discoveries, and become inspired by what they can do. We believe in the potential of each of our campers to shape the future of flight.

Many of our Youth Aviation Camp and STEAM Camp participants have built careers founded on their aviation education. They were once campers who showed up week after week and are now following their passion as aircraft maintenance and avionics apprentices, flight instructors and airliner captains, airframe and powerplant mechanics and so much more.

When you invest in aviation education, you’re not only supporting individual dreams, you’re also contributing to the advancement of the entire aviation industry. This Month of Giving, consider a donation to the Museum in honor of educating our community and supporting the growth of young aviators.

Donate today at fargoairmuseum.org/take-action.

Need to clean up your car before visiting family for the holidays? Get your wash and free vacuum below! 50% of your purc...
11/21/2023

Need to clean up your car before visiting family for the holidays? Get your wash and free vacuum below! 50% of your purchase goes to support our mission ✈️

(Also valid after the holidays when it's time to clean up the road trip snacks! 😋)

⬇️ Purchase Your Coupon ⬇️
https://fargoairmuseum.org/tidal-wave-fundraiser

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶Say hi to Lily! 👋 This little ol' lady was content to stay in one place and watch everyone come and g...
11/19/2023

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶

Say hi to Lily! 👋 This little ol' lady was content to stay in one place and watch everyone come and go around her. It's Lily's world and we're all just living in it. ✨

Nothing like hiding under a Christmas tree with the hope you'll see Santa arrive! 🎄🎅 Find the magic on Saturday, Decembe...
11/18/2023

Nothing like hiding under a Christmas tree with the hope you'll see Santa arrive! 🎄🎅 Find the magic on Saturday, December 16 at our Santa Fly-In! ✨

Preservation.As a Museum, it's our duty to ensure the artifacts donated to our collections are displayed, stored, and ca...
11/15/2023

Preservation.

As a Museum, it's our duty to ensure the artifacts donated to our collections are displayed, stored, and cared for properly. But preservation isn't just about collecting physical artifacts. We're also responsible for preserving the history. History is found in the dust obscuring the pattern of a helmet, woven into any loose threads of a uniform, and written among the pages of log books and journals.

This valuable history is brought to life with the memories shared by our veterans - the same ones who strapped the helmet to their head as they ran to the front lines, tugged on those loose threads to dispel the nervous energy, smeared fresh ink as they hurriedly wrote the day's events, and so much more.

We welcome our veterans to share their stories with us. Whether that means bringing in photos or other artifacts from their service to share their story in a recorded interview; joining us for our monthly coffee hour and donuts to connect with other veterans; or attending free veteran programming throughout the year, we are here to honor their service and strengthen their connection in the community.

This Month of Giving, consider a donation to the Museum in honor of preserving history and supporting our Veterans. Donate today at fargoairmuseum.org/take-action.

Our Youth Aviation Campers learned about metalworking during our two part camp November 4 & 11. They started out with th...
11/13/2023

Our Youth Aviation Campers learned about metalworking during our two part camp November 4 & 11. They started out with the basics: learning about types of metals, difference between ferrous and non-ferrous metals, and how general corrosion occurs on metal surfaces. 📚

Week 2, they applied that knowledge to a couple different projects. Senior campers built a table leg out of aluminum by cutting a piece of metal, bending it to the shape then cutting and flaring a hole. Junior campers fabricated a 24 inch shelf out of aluminum, bent a Joggle in one edge, then riveted it together using standard solid rivets! 🗜💪🔧

They even got to work on a take home project - the classic twisted wire and bead ornaments. Here they practiced using safety wire, plastic beads, and a pliers to craft something they can hang and enjoy! 🎄

PET(S) OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶These two were such a joy to have in the Museum. Bobo and Rosco are only 7 months old and their en...
11/12/2023

PET(S) OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶

These two were such a joy to have in the Museum. Bobo and Rosco are only 7 months old and their energy was unmatched! Their owners requested their photo in front of the TBM Avenger, but their excitement could not be contained to just one plane! Swipe to the end for the cutest puppy smile 😁

Today, we pause to honor and express our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who have served and continue to se...
11/11/2023

Today, we pause to honor and express our deepest gratitude to the brave men and women who have served and continue to serve our country. 🇺🇸🫡 Thank you for your sacrifice, dedication, and immeasurable courage you've shown in defending freedom.

Take a moment today to remember and appreciate the sacrifices made by our veterans and their families. ❤️

Happy birthday, Marines! 🎂In case you missed it, we gathered a few items from the archives to celebrate the day. Let us ...
11/10/2023

Happy birthday, Marines! 🎂

In case you missed it, we gathered a few items from the archives to celebrate the day. Let us know if you recognize any of the items below!

📸 2: Wool coat from WWII; belonged to a Marine in the 1st Marine Division
📸 3: Marine Service Uniform
📸 4: Replica M-14 battle rifle
📸 5: M-1 helmet & M-1955 flak jacket
📸 6: 1967 edition of "Guidebook for Marines"
📸 7: Kabar Knife

As a reminder, the Museum is closed tomorrow for the Brady Oberg Legacy Foundation's private event.

11/09/2023

With Veteran’s Day being this Saturday, we wanted to showcase an item from our archives that personifies the courage displayed by our Nation’s veterans during times of war.

This is the Silver Star that was awarded to Fargo resident Sgt. Glenn T. Lien. During the Battle of Normandy in June 1944, Sgt. Lien was assigned to Cav., Troop E, 24th Cav. Reconnaissance Squadron (Mechanized) of the U.S. Army. He received the Silver Star for his selfless actions against enemy forces on 23 June 1944 during the defense of an important supply road.

Glenn survived the war and returned home. He never married and never had children. According to his family that donated these items, he carried the war with him for the rest of his life.

Today, and every day, we honor those that have served our country. To our veteran followers, thank you for your sacrifices to our Nation and welcome home.

The Fargo Air Museum's “Month of Giving” begins next week on November 15 through December 15. Each week has a different ...
11/08/2023

The Fargo Air Museum's “Month of Giving” begins next week on November 15 through December 15. Each week has a different focus, providing education on different ways to give and individuals/programs the donation will impact. 📚

Every holiday season, non-profit organizations, like the Fargo Air Museum, depend on members of their community to include them in their gift planning to continue their mission. You can make a difference - let us show you how! 🤝

Follow us here to learn more or visit https://fargoairmuseum.org/take-action.

Mustang Mania History Night is just around the corner and we've got another speaker for you to look forward to! For Mark...
11/06/2023

Mustang Mania History Night is just around the corner and we've got another speaker for you to look forward to! For Mark Tisler, working among the wings of warbirds is second nature. ✈️

As he graduated from A&P School in Fargo, Tisler began working with Gerry Beck on his collection of WWII aircraft. From June 1988 to April 2011, he worked at Tri-State Aviation, learning from Beck and cementing his expertise in restoration practices. Eventually he moved to Bemidji and became part owner in AirCorps Aviation where he now serves as the Vice President of Restoration.

We are honored to welcome him to the stage alongside Toby McPherson of Tall Towers Aviation and Casey Odegaard of Odegaard Aviation for this exciting history night! We hope to see you at the Fargo Air Museum tomorrow, November 7 at 6:30pm to take it all in!

📸: AirCorps Aviation, August 2019, shows Tisler working on "roughly his 15th P-51 restoration"

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶Here's a good moooo-rning from Karma the cow! 🐄 She was udderly impressed by how small the BD-5 exper...
11/05/2023

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶

Here's a good moooo-rning from Karma the cow! 🐄 She was udderly impressed by how small the BD-5 experimental aircraft was, and milked her photoshoot attention for all it's worth. 🐮🥛

If you've been to the Fargo Air Museum recently, you may have noticed our B-25 is missing a few parts. 🤔🔩🔧That's because...
11/04/2023

If you've been to the Fargo Air Museum recently, you may have noticed our B-25 is missing a few parts. 🤔🔩🔧

That's because these friendly faces have begun our latest restoration project! 🥳 This exciting project will be quite the undertaking, but we've got some big dreams following its completion.

Stay tuned for updates as the team progresses and ways you can help support the restoration of this beloved warbird! For now, watch Planes on the Prairie's interview for more details: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PHjn9ePiJzA

It's baaaack! 🚗🧼 We're partnering with Fargo's Tidal Wave Auto Spa for another ✨ Car Wash for a Cause ✨If you're looking...
11/03/2023

It's baaaack! 🚗🧼 We're partnering with Fargo's Tidal Wave Auto Spa for another ✨ Car Wash for a Cause ✨

If you're looking to clean your car, why not do so while also supporting a local 501(c)(3) non-profit?! Learn more at fargoairmuseum.org

11/02/2023

Do you like warbirds? How about the legendary P-51 Mustang? If you answered YES to either of those questions, you will not want to miss next week’s quarterly HISTORY NIGHT! The event is focused on the Mustang and features conversations with Casey Odegaard, owner of Odegaard Aviation, warbird pilot and son of Fargo Air Museum founder Bob Odegaard, as well as Toby McPherson, owner of Tall Towers Aviation & the Fargo Air Museum’s resident P-51 Mustang ‘Boomer’. This is an event you will not want to miss!

Happy Halloween from our haunted hangar to yours! 👻🎃We're creepin' it real here - it's going to be a frighteningly cold ...
10/31/2023

Happy Halloween from our haunted hangar to yours! 👻🎃

We're creepin' it real here - it's going to be a frighteningly cold night for trick-or-treating! 🥶🧟 Stay warm and get your candy from the planes at the Fargo Air Museum instead! 🍬✈ Check out our story to see what we mean 😏

10/30/2023

"It's a BAT 🦇...It's a UFO 🛸...It's a DRONE!"

These drones can zip around the obstacles in our drone cage so fast...as long as you can control them! Think you've got what it takes? Give it a try!

Members, don't forget you receive a FREE drone session upon every visit to the Museum!

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶This pup's name is Gypsy. She was caught admiring the B-25 Mitchell and practicing her ability to sta...
10/29/2023

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐶

This pup's name is Gypsy. She was caught admiring the B-25 Mitchell and practicing her ability to stay on her mat among distractions. 10/10 for this good girl!

10/29/2023

Trick or treat? We'll take both, please! 👏🍬

Bring your pup (or other pet) to the Fargo Air Museum, and they could be featured as our Pet of the Week! 🐾

History can be fun for everyone, even the four-legged members of the family 🐕🐈‍⬛

10/26/2023

If the Fargo Air Museum’s artifacts could talk, this Type A-11 flight cap would have one impressive story to tell. This particular one was owned by Twin Falls, MN, native Gene Lysaker. If that name sounds familiar it’s because Gene was a successful artist in the upper Midwest in the years after World War II, painting scenes of Mexico, the American Southwest, rural Minnesota and many different pieces for the Miller High Life Beer Company. During WWII, Gene was assigned to the 380th Bomb Group that saw action in the Pacific against the Japanese. A waist gunner on a B-24 Liberator, Gene would’ve seen some of the most intense aerial combat that a bomber crewman could’ve witnessed in the Pacific. One of Gene’s few military paintings, titled ‘Bombs over Balikpapan’, proudly hangs in the main hangar of the Fargo Air Museum. It depicts 4 of the 12 B-24s from the 380th hitting Japanese targets in Borneo. This mission was the longest of WWII and one of the longest bombing missions in history where Liberators flew from mainland Australia to Borneo, some 2,200 miles away.

10/25/2023

You may have seen "Boomer" on display at the Museum, but what about in flight? ✈️

Mustang Mania History Night is allll about the P-51 Mustang. Hear stories about the P-51's local influence and what it's like to restore and fly it! The Mania begins at 6:30pm on Tuesday, November 7 at the Fargo Air Museum.

This week on "Turn It, Build It! STEAM Camp" recaps...Our "Lost in Space" campers learned how to repair the robot they b...
10/24/2023

This week on "Turn It, Build It! STEAM Camp" recaps...

Our "Lost in Space" campers learned how to repair the robot they built by removing and replacing one of the motors. ⚙️🤖 To do so, they practiced soldering, removing hardware, and testing functionality.

It was quite a successful morning for them once they connected their UNO board to the servos in an RC model and were able to make the rudder, elevator, ailerons, and flaps work! 🥳

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐕Flintstone could hardly control his excitement when he got to take his picture with our Rearwin Skyra...
10/23/2023

PET OF THE WEEK! 🐾🐕

Flintstone could hardly control his excitement when he got to take his picture with our Rearwin Skyranger! 🛩

Treats helped too 😋

Planes, Pumpkins, and Porcupines, oh my! 🦔🎃🛩We've had a blast at The Red River Zoo Boo at the Zoo event! If you missed u...
10/21/2023

Planes, Pumpkins, and Porcupines, oh my! 🦔🎃🛩

We've had a blast at The Red River Zoo Boo at the Zoo event! If you missed us today, stop by our booth next Saturday, October 28 for all the sweet tricks and treats 🍬

10/19/2023

Long ago, in a time before computers were accessible to everyone, there were typewriters! One of the largest typewriter manufacturers was L.C. Smith & Corona, which started making Typewriters in 1914 and continued so throughout the 1960s. This particular one was used by the late CMSGT. Malcom Frisk (ret.) of the North Dakota Air National Guard in the early days of the unit’s existence. Malcom was one of the charter members of the unit in 1947 and was in for 30 years, retiring in 1977.

There’s an old expression at the North Dakota Air National Guard here in Fargo that goes along the lines of “You either ...
10/19/2023

There’s an old expression at the North Dakota Air National Guard here in Fargo that goes along the lines of “You either were a Hooligan, or you know one.” For many in Fargo, and North Dakota & Western Minnesota as a whole, serving in the North Dakota ANG is a family affair that spans generations.

The Fargo Air Museum is happy to announce that it is in the early stages of creating a new exhibit that focuses on the first aircraft assigned to the North Dakota Air Guard; the P-51 Mustang. While the museum is home to thousands of different artifacts, including several from the early days of the NDANG, there are a few key items that the museum would like to display in the upcoming exhibit.

If you had a relative that was a ‘Charter Member’ of the NDANG from 1947 to 1954, we would love to hear from you! Please reach out to our collection’s manager / curator Max at [email protected] or call (701) 356-1025 and ask for Max. We are looking for items to help tell the story of the first Air Guardsmen here in Fargo, so any information or artifacts, whether they are temporary loans or donations, will be considered. On the top of the list is the early 1950s NDANG helmet (red arrows in photo 1) from the Mustang days.

View the Collections Wishlist in full at fargoairmuseum.org/collections-wish-list

The candid stories in 'I Married the War' bring to life the ways in which families are impacted and forever changed by t...
10/18/2023

The candid stories in 'I Married the War' bring to life the ways in which families are impacted and forever changed by the unique personal struggles, victories, and defeats experienced by our country's veterans.

Pictured are a few of the wives who have told their stories. Hear about sharing a marriage with a WWII Medal of Honor recipient, a Vietnam War corpsman, an Iraq War survivor. I Married the War Movie Night begins at 6:30pm Thursday, October 19 followed by a Q&A with the directors Betty & Ken Rodgers.

Pictures provided by I Married the War of Carman Hinson, Gloria Jabaut, Anne Ohki, Terri Topmiller and Sally Jackson, wife of Art Jackson, WWII Medal of Honor Recipient.

Our campers wrapped up Part 2 of our composite themed Youth Aviation Camp 🥳📚This time they explored the strength of thei...
10/17/2023

Our campers wrapped up Part 2 of our composite themed Youth Aviation Camp 🥳📚This time they explored the strength of their material with the added rigidity of resin over fiberglass cloth. Who knew popsicle sticks could be so strong?!

There are a few spots left in our "Lost in Space" themed Turn It, Build It STEAM Camp this Saturday, October 21. Register today at fargoairmuseum.org/education 💫🪐🚀

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1609 19th Avenue N
Fargo, ND
58102

Opening Hours

Tuesday 10am - 5pm
Wednesday 10am - 5pm
Thursday 10am - 5pm
Friday 10am - 5pm
Saturday 10am - 5pm

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(701) 293-8043

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