The Anoka County-Blaine Airport is gearing up for Discover Aviation Days June 1-2.
Discover Aviation Days is an opportunity to see all sorts of general, corporate, experimental and home-built aircraft. Admission to the event is free, but parking donations are welcome to help the sponsoring non-profit organization pay for putting the event on.
The event runs from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2. A pancake breakfast and lunch will be served both days.
There will be flying demonstrations, helicopter rides, numerous aviation exhibits and information booths.
An evening hangar dance with a 15-piece 1940s swing band will take place from 8 p.m. to midnight Saturday night. Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for students. Kids 12 and under can go to the dance for free.
Making a special appearance will be “Miss Mitchell,” which is a World War II-era B-25 bomber. This B-25 served in the 310th Bomb Group, 57th Bomb Wing of the 12th Air Force in North Africa and Italy completing over 130 missions. There were no crew fatalities on any of these missions.
Email [email protected] or call 763-568-6072 if you would like to ride in this bomber. Packages range from $450 to $595.
For more information on the event, visit www.DiscoverAviationDays.org.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly reported that this B-25 bomber was one of 16 medium range bombers that on April 18, 1942 launched from the deck of an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean and bombed mainland Japan. There were 16 B-25 bombers that were on this mission, but the “Miss Mitchell” was not one of them. A reader pointed out that 15 of the 16 planes crashed and one was interned in Russia and later destroyed.
Eric Hagen is at [email protected]