1609 19th Ave. North
Fargo North Dakota 58102United States
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Be sure to have a volunteer guide -- ranging in age from 10 to 95 -- point out the planes' capabilities when you tour the rotating exhibits in this hangar.
Opened in 2001, the Fargo Air Museum celebrates local airmen and -women who have a passion for flying and for collecting and preserving memorabilia related to flight. Exhibits at the air museum change throughout the year, giving visitors reasons to return, but regardless of which aircraft are on display, you should plan to have a volunteer tour guide take you around the hangar. The guides are typically there on the weekends; if you know you'll be visiting during the week, call ahead. During our springtime visit in 2011, we welcomed 11-year-old Braden as our guide; he's been volunteering at the museum since he was 8 and hopes to be a Naval fighter pilot. He was able to tell us all about each aircraft on display: how the cockpits worked, how the props and guns worked, why the wings flip up, how these old craft landed on aircraft carriers during World War II. Unlike other air museums, all of the aircraft on display in Fargo still are able to fly (some even have grease pans underneath to catch drips). Aficionados affiliated with the museum still take the planes out to shows from time to time. A 22,500-square-foot expansion is planned, though a groundbreaking is still 35 years away, and a library with hundreds of titles is available to visitors, too. Admission charged.