Fargo Air Museum
The Fargo Air Museum includes dozens of historic aircraft from the early 1900s and World War II era to the age of jet aviation. Like many other air museums, the strength of this museum's collection lies in its numerous aircraft from the World War II era. However, the museum includes static and operational aircraft from the early 1900s to the modern era-including a Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance drone. In addition to the size of its inventory, Fargo's museum is unique in that a majority of its historic aircraft have been fully restored and are in flying condition.
Backstory and Context
Highlights of the museum include a replica of the Wright Flyer and other historic biplanes, as well as static displays of American and European aircraft such as a Polish jet trainer aircraft. There is also a nmber of planes from the World War II era that are in flying condition, including a P-51 Mustang, a Piper Cub, a Cessna L-19 “Bird Dog” observation plane, a PT-19 raining aircraft from World War II, and a Corsair with its infamous inverted gull wing-an iconic fighter plane that was used by the Navy during World War II. remained in US service with the Strategic Air Command until 1949. There are also many non-American aircraft at the museum, including L-39 Aero Vodochody Jet Trainer from Ukraine.
The museum hosts a number of events throughout the year. In addition to seeing historic aircraft, the museum offers a number of exhibits or memorabilia, photographs, and aviation artifacts. The museum also houses one of the region's largest libraries of books and other materials on the subject of aviation history.