15 Nov Minnesota Air National Guard Museum
Minnesota Air National Guard Museum
Situated on the active Minnesota National Guard Base. At the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. Their website is http://mnangmuseum.org/
Here is a summary of The Minnesota Air National Guard Museum
At first it was approved in 1983 by the 934th TAG (the base host ) and the work began. Then it opened in 1984 with a base open house to 30,000 visitors. Currently it is home to one of the largest displays of military aircraft in the five-state area. I love that it features 22 aircraft in amazing condition. Including fighters, cargo planes, helicopters and utility aircraft. Incredibly, those aircraft are from WWII to the present day.
Planes on the Airpark
Listed below are the planes at the Airpark. And links with photos and information.
First, is the Beechcraft C-45. Beechcraft C-45 “Expeditor”
Second, we have the Boeing C-97G. Boeing C-97G “Stratofreighter”
Third, is the Convair F-102A. Convair F-102A “Delta Dagger”
Fourth, they have the Convair C-131H. Convair C-131H “Samaritan”
Fifth, is the Douglas C-47. Douglas C-47 “Skytrain”
Sixth, one of my favorites…the F-16. General Dynamics F-16 “Fighting Falcon”
Seventh, is the Lockheed T-33A. Lockheed T-33A “T-Bird”
Eight, we have the Lockheed C-130A. Which is a workhorse for our military. Lockheed C-130A “Hercules”
Ninth, is the Lockheed F-94C. Lockheed F-94C “Starfire”
Tenth, we have the F4C. McDonnell F-4C “Phantom II”
Eleventh, the old Vietnam workhorse, the RF-4C. McDonnell RF-4C “Phantom II”
Twelfth, is the McDonnell F-101B. McDonnell F-101B “Voodoo”
Thirteenth, a rare MiG-15. MiG-15 “Midget”
Fourteenth, my favorite, the F-51D Mustang! North American F-51D “Mustang”
Fifteen, a respected trainer, the AT-6. North American AT-6 “Texan”
Sixteenth, the T-28. North American T-28 “Trojan”
Seventeenth, a lovely plane, the Northrop F-89H. Northrop F-89H “Scorpion”
Eighteenth, is the Piper L-4. Piper L-4 “Grasshopper”
Nineteenth, we have a real beauty!. I love this Supermarine Mk Vb Spitfire. Supermarine Mk Vb “Spitfire” (3/4 Scale)
Twentieth, a popular helicopter in our military. The UH-1H Iroquois. UH-1H Iroquois “Huey” Helicopter
Also, two additional Museum aircraft are located off-site.
Twenty first, is the Curtis Oriole. Curtiss Oriole (Located in 133rd Airlift Wing Base Operations Building)
Twenty second, Last but not least, the Curtiss JN-$H. Curtiss JN-4H “Jenny” (Located in the Atrium of the Minnesota History Center)
Together with the wonderful number of airplanes are the exbibits. There are over 6,000 artifacts and objects. Coupled with books, photographs, slides and videos.
How can I visit?
Since this is an active military base some precautions are in order. First, if you are active or retired military you can visit anytime. Second, if you are not then you need to register per the website. Third, advance notices are required. An example is tours require 10 business days. Finally, they are open for tours, birthday parties and special event.
I have personally visited this museum many times with my son. Every time we went, we found something new and fun. It is a wonderful experience and I’ll always remember all those special moments I shared this with my son. I hope you can share this experience also with your family and friends!