Aviation History
Ten Interesting Aviation History Facts for the NAA Region

The Duluth, MN / Superior, WI region is known for its rich aviation history which is still alive and well as reflected by the variety of aviation-related businesses (see the Members’ Listing),  activities, museums, air shows, and related celebrations  in this area!

We hope you enjoy exploring the following links which share the vibrancy of this sector of our economy.



  1. The mission of the Duluth Aviation Institute is: “…to preserve our community's deep aviation history, and to educate our community with this history and knowledge of aviation and aerospace." Check out some of the key players and events at: Duluth Aviation Institute and Godfather to the Astronauts.

  2. Cirrus Aircraft began in Duluth, Minnesota in 1984. For more history on Cirrus, you can check out the link: Cirrus history or visit the Cirrus website.

  3. Superior, Wisconsin becomes the home of Kestrel aircraft in 2012. You will want to bookmark this link to watch Kestrel bring its plane to the market.

  4. November 2012 was the opening for AAR Duluth maintenance, Repair, and Overhaul (MRO) facility.

  5. The Duluth International Airport dedicated its new International Terminal on Friday, January 11, 2013.

  1. The 148th Fighter Wing has a deep history that dates back to September 17, 1948.

  2. Along with aviation manufacturers and related businesses, the Duluth, MN / Superior, WI area has some very interesting aviation museums. Richard Ira “Dick” Bong was a decorated WW II pilot for whom a museum is named in Superior, WI.

  3. The Lake Superior Squadron 101 is part of the Commemorative Air Force and has a museum of WW II artifacts.

  4. Aviation interest is also reflected in the Duluth Air Show which is held every other year in Duluth.

  5. A new addition to this event is the Hot Air Balloon festival to be held for the first time in 2013.

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