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"History Comes to Life on the Talking Trail..."


Welcome to the Fargo Air Museum proudly sharing North Dakota's rich aviation history! Experience the story along the Fargo Talking Trail self-guided tour!

Fargo Air Museum - Welcome

The Century of Aviation Wall you see before you represents the long and
impressive role of aviation in North Dakota. We might not have been the
first ones to fly the kite...

Century of Aviation Wall - Talking Trail

The year was 1957, and the Soviet Union had successfully launched
Sputnik—the world’s first artificial satellite, into orbit. The significance of
the launch was...

Minute Man Missle - Talking Trail

This J-3 Cub spent the flying career only shared by a few. It's flying time
consists of being shared fairly equal on wheels, skis, and floats. 36 Hotel
was manufactured in 1946...

J3 Piper Club - Talking Trail

The ag aircraft you see before you was used by highly trained pilots on low
level crop dusting of crops with insecticides and  pesticides.

Ag Display and Ag Aircraft - Talking Trail

The Fighter Aces of North Dakota. With approximately 1400 Fighter aces in
the world, North Dakota is proud to be home to 8 of those impressive and
honorable fighter pilots.

Fighter Aces Defined - Talking Trail

Francis “Pinky” Register is one of those men—and he was never a
pushover—said his brother-in-law, “He was scrappy. You wanted him on your team.

Each Ace in Detail - Talking Trail

Lloyd Paul Heinzen was born in Garrison North Dakota. After going to
school and playing football for the University of North Dakota, Heinzen
joined the U.S. Naval Reserve

Each Ace in Detail - Talking Trail

Clearly, the Fighter Ace stories are incredible, and we have North Dakotan
Ozzie Groethe to thank for the chance to hear each one of them. Ozzie’s
fondness for air museums,

Thanks to Ozzy - Talking Trail

The Congressional Gold Medal--the highest civilian award, was issued to
American Fighter Aces on May 6th, 2015. With over 60,000 U.S. Military
Fighter Pilots that have flown into...

Medal of Honor - Talking Trail

The B-25 Mitchell, named after the famous former United States Army
General, William “Billy” Mitchell, who has been regarded as the father of
the United States Air Force...

B-25 - Talking Trail

Originally designed in Argentina, the Polliwagen is a 2 place kit built
aircraft. It is commonly powered by a 100 HP turbocharged Volkswagen

Kinsella Polliwagen - Talking Trail

This exhibit is more about Jim "Fang" Maroney, owner and pilot than hisSuper Chipmunk.  His Super Chipmunk was destroyed in his fatal accident...

Maroney Exhibit - Talking Trail

The Fargo Air Museum is proud to be home to one of the largest aviation
libraries in North Dakota. If you’re hoping to get lost in the clouds, you’re
welcome to our Aviation library anytime.

Aviation Library - Talking Trail

Hear that? If you’re like most people you know what you’re hearing is the
sound of a helicopter, this particular twack twack twack, coming from the
Bell UH-1 Iroquois...

Huey Helicopter - Talking Trail

The BT-13 Valiant was a WWII era American basic trainer. Nicknamed the
Vultee Vibrator for a number of reasons: first it would shake violently when
close to stall speed,

Kids Camp - Talking Trail

Hey kids, did you know you are the main reason we’re here? That’s right.
The primary mission of the Fargo Air Museum is to inspire new generations
of aviators.

Kids Camp - Talking Trail

Fargo Air Museum is proud to have named this hangar after Bob Odegaard and Gerry Beck-- two of the founding fathers of the Fargo Air Museum!

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The history of the Hector International Airport is rich, dating back to the
pioneer days of 1927, when Martin Hector leased the quarter of land that
would become the Hector International

Hector International Airport - Talking Trail

Orville and Wilbur Wright set out to invent the airplane, and in doing so, to
change the world. The Flyer was based on the trial and testing of gliders at
Kitty Hawk between 1900 and 1902.

Wright Brothers Flyer - Talking Trail

The Northrop Grumman RQ-4 Global Hawk Drone is an unmanned
surveillance aircraft. That’s right. This one is straight out of the movies.

Northman grumman Rq-4 Global Hawk - Unknown Artist

The North American P-51 Mustang is likely the best known fighter of World
War II. Or as the many bomber crews called it, their “knight in shining

Mustang - Talking Trail

The Starduster Too is a two-seat conventional landing gear equipped
homebuilt to be an economical two seat sport biplane. While it was not
intended for aerobatic competition...

Starduster II - Talking Trail

The Douglas DC-3, or Duggy, made air travel popular and airline profits
possible. It is universally recognized as the greatest airplane of its time...

Duggy - Talking Trail
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The Taylorcraft L-2 you see before you was given the nickname, Grasshopper by General Swift during World War II...

Fargo Air Museum - Welcome
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The L-19 Cessna, or better known as the Bird Dog was the perfect name
because of how well it enabled pilots and their rear-seat observers to search

Cessna L19 Bird Dog - Talking Trail
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Welcome, and let’s play a little Fargo Air Museum Talking Trail Trivia,
brought to you by the North Dakota Aeronautics commission—the statewide
voice for aviation!

ND Aviation Trivia - Talking Trail

The Flying Tigers captured the imagination of the American public since the day they were formed. The group gained somewhat of a celebrity status with popular actor John Wayne

Flying Tiger - Talking Trail

Do you love the rush of rollercoaster rides? If you do, you likely have a few things in common with Curtis Pitts, who is credited for the design of what is known today as the Pitt Special...

Pitt Special - Talking Trail
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Hear the incredible story of the late General Schroeder and his cross country flight in the middle of the winter. Up for any challenge, and more than capable, General Schroeder's story is incredible.

PT-19 and General Schroeder - Talking TRail

Stop into the museum to Experience the Story of the Fargo Air Museum Talking Trail Tour and download the Talking Trail mobile app today!


Started in 2001, The Fargo Air Museum is a nonprofit organization that serves to promote interest in aviation through education, preservation and restoration. The museum is a fantastic place to learn about aviation, participate in restoration, see full scale pieces of history or even host your special event.

Located just off I-29 interstate, The Fargo Air Museum is an easily accessed pet friendly, must-stop location. North Dakota’s premiere aviation destination, the Fargo Air Museum is home to aircrafts of all eras – from the modern Global Hawk unmanned reconnaissance drone with an impressive 100-foot wingspan to the “most accurate recreation of a Wright Brothers’ flyer the Smithsonian Institute has ever seen.” A “flying” museum, many of the airplanes occasionally take to the sky, a unique feature not found in the vast majority of the nation’s air museums.

More than just a simple place to display its many aircraft, military memorabilia and exhibits, the Fargo Air Museum also houses one of the midwest’s largest Aviation libraries. In addition, the museum hosts educational day-camps, speakers and seminars for flight fans of all ages to enjoy. The museum also is home to an extensive gift shop featuring toys,
jewelry, clothing, home decor, books, dvds and much more, ensuring you’ll find the perfect gift for any aviation enthusiast.

The Fargo Air Museum is a fantastic choice for a unique venue for corporate & private events and has quickly become a local favorite for hosting wedding ceremonies and receptions. Located across the street from the Fargo Dome, the museum is surrounded with dining opportunities and is conveniently just moments away from Fargo’s Hector International Airport.

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