Airplanes aren’t just on display at the Fargo Air Museum; many of them are routinely flown over this North Dakota city. Located at the edge of Hector International Airport, the brightly lit hanger, that the museum is housed in, is a tribute to the history of flight, and the men and women who keep these treasures flying. 11

12On the far wall away from the museum entrance is the Century of Aviation mural which sets the tone for a visit here. North Dakota aviator Charlie Klessig, with his 1917 Standard, is in the middle of the mural surrounded by such notable aviation pioneers including the Wright brothers and Amelia Earhart.

But the real stars of the museum are the airplanes; many hung from the rafters while other are in the bay ready to take flight including an L-39 Jet, P- 51 Mustang, PT 19 Fairchild, TBM Avenger, F4U Corsair, L 2 and L-19 Bird Dog. Also on display is a EAA 317 Wright flyer replica along with a Pitts Special, ME 109, Huey helicopter, Iskra Jet and DC-3.13

Military exhibits honor North Dakota WWII Flying Aces, Charles Lindbergh and the Tuskegee Airman. One moving tribute includes two walls of replica dog tags, each representing a soldier who lost their life in Afghanistan.

14Other aviation displays include a B-25 Mitchell Bomber, Fisher 404, Folke Wolf 190, Polish Iskra Jet, Pitts Special, Standard J-1 and Stinson.

When you go:

The Fargo Air Museum is located at 1609 19th Avenue North. For more information call (701) 293-8043 or check out the website at

For more information about Fargo, contact the Fargo – Moorhead Convention and Visitors Bureau by calling (800) 235-7654 or checking the website at

An excellent hotel is Best Western Kelly Inn & Suites, 1767 44th St. South, which features an indoor waterpark. For more information call (701) 282-2143 or check the website at