Aviator Must Sees
North Dakota has a number of interesting attractions that aviators will want to make part of their trip plans.
The Fargo Air Museum is filled with historic flyable aircraft including one of four flying Japanese Zeros, P-51 Mustangs, TBM Avenger, Corsair, L Birds and more. Static aircraft are on display rotation along with engine displays. Plus interactive children's exhibits.
The Dakota Territory Air Museum in Minot displays famous military and vintage aircraft including a Lockheed T-33, L-T-V, A-7 Corsair 2 and civilian aircraft like the rare 1934 Stinson Reliant AR5-A.
The Hatton-Eielson Museum is the boyhood home of world-renowned polar aviator Carl Ben Eielson.
Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site
The Ronald Reagan Minuteman Missile State Historic Site near Cooperstown features a mission control facility, Oscar Zero, kept intact from its use during the Cold War. Visitors can tour topside and venture 60 feet below ground to tour mission control.
School of Aerospace Sciences
At the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks, visitors can tour the John D. Odegard School of Aerospace Sciences and see flight simulators and air traffic control labs, as well as an altitude chamber. This is a renowned center for aerospace learning, atmospheric research, space studies and computer science applications with more than 1,500 enrolled students from around the world.
Air Force Bases
The Grand Forks Air Force Base has restored aircraft on display at the front gate with tours available for groups or six or more. (Requiring a two week notice.)
The Minot Air Force Base is home to the 5th Bomb Wing and 91st Missile Wing. Tours are available for groups of 10-45 people. (Requiring at least four weeks notice.)