The Dakota Territory Air Museum was founded in June of 1986 with the incorporators’ dream and desire to provide the most comprehensive aviation facility in the state and region.
The Founders Dream
Plans were laid early that the museum would not only be a place to display famous military and vintage aircraft, but would be a place in every way dedicated to telling and showing the rich and varied story of our region’s aviation history. In the short time since the museum’s dedication, the members have built a solid foundation, establishing a working museum with aircraft, restoration projects and a role in the region’s promotion of aviation activities and air shows.
Forged and Looking Ahead
The Dakota Territory Air Museum has already forged a place where the aviation history of our region can be shown. As our country and imaginations probe the depths of travel into space, we realize the speed with which changes are coming in aviation. Many of us remember, so short a time ago, when flying itself pushed at the boundaries of daring. It’s a memory to be preserved.
The history of these changes not only signifies the giant strides that have been so quickly made over the years, but also points out the very special opportunity we have now – the opportunity to show our children and grandchildren what it was like, and point to what was done. The Dakota Territory Air Museum is dedicated to provide that opportunity.
The members of the Dakota Territory Air Museum feel that now is the time to save and remember what came before, while at the same time pointing to the skies and what is to come.
Military Type Aircraft:
- Lockheed T-33 Jet Trainer (U.S. Air Force’s first jet trainer). This aircraft was the first jet assigned to Minot Air Force Base in 1957.
- Douglas C-47 (DC-3) World War II Transport. Many are still in service today.
- Douglas C-47 Cockpit (Cabin) Display.
- L-T-V (Chance Vought) A-7 Corsair 2.
- Curtiss P-40 Warhawk (under restoration).
- AT-6 Texan
- T-28 Trojan
- 1943 L-6 (Interstate)
Civilian Aircraft Include:
- 1910 Curtiss Pusher (replica)
- 1928 Waco 10.
- 1929 Arrow Sport (under restoration)
- 1930 Arrow Sport Monoplane
- 1931 Waco QCF-2
- 1932 110 Monocoupe Sport Airplane
- 1934 Fairchild 24 C8C
- 1934 Stinson Reliant SR5-A
- 1937 J-2 Taylor Cub
- 1938 Monocoupe 110 Special Racer
- 1940 Waco UPF-7
- 1940 Ercoupe.
- The famous open-frame “Breezy” aircraft
- 1942 Piper J-3 Cub
- 1943 L-6 (Interstate Cadet) “Grasshopper”
- 1945 Taylorcraft
- 1946 Luscombe 8A
- 1947 Callair
- 1949 Cessna 195
- 1951 Piper PA-22 Tri-Pacer
- 1959 Mooney
- Volks Plane (powered by VW engine)
- Beechcraft Model 18
- Cessna 170
- Starduster TOO
- 1968 Bucker Bu133 Jungmeister
- 1972 Pietenpol Aircamper Experimental.
- 1989 Rotorway Exec helicopter
- Cessna 140
- Wright Flyer (replica)
- 1996 Wolf W11 Boredom
Texas Flying Legends Museum Aircraft (shared with us each season mid-May to mid-July):
- P-51D Mustang “Dakota Kid II”
- P-51D Mustang “Little Horse”
- A6M2-Model 21 Zero “Last Samurai”
- P-40K Warhawk “Aleutian Tiger”
- FG-1D Corsair “Whistling Death”
- B-25J “Betty’s Dream”
- Stinson L-5 Sentinel
- TBM Avenger
- FM-2 Wildcat
- C-47/C-53 Skytrooper
- Harvard Mk IV
Also on Display:
- The Minot Airport Beacon which guided pilots in the Minot area from 1949 to 1993 (the beacon is operational).
- The museum has secured numerous aviation photographs and a large collection of aviation literature and periodicals. Collection has already started on memorabilia relating to this region’s military aviation service flight gear, equipment, photographs, souvenirs and on memorabilia of aviation’s role in the region’s agriculture and transportation needs.
- Minot Fire Department trucks from ’20s & ’30s