Museum of Flight and AirSpace Minnesota Announce Aviation Learning Center Partnership

Dale and Doug

Douglas King, President and CEO of the renowned Museum of Flight in Seattle, came to Fort Snelling on May 18 to announce with Dale Klapmeier, Co-founder and CEO of Cirrus Aircraft and Board Chair of AirSpace Minnesota, that the two organizations have joined forces to create the first Museum of Flight Aviation Learning Center (ALC) outside of the museum.

In addition to launching the new partnership, Klapmeier also announced that Cirrus would donate an SR22 airplane for the AirSpace Minnesota Aviation Learning Center, saying, “We are delighted to help bring more STEM education and career resources to the region where our business is based.”

The May 18 celebration included recognition of pilots from around the region who flew into the Twin Cities in commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of the 1938 National Air Mail Week Campaign. They were received by Honorary Co-Chairs Greg and Suzanne Herrick, Minnesota Department of Transportation Commissioner Charlie Zelle and St. Paul Postmaster Mike Larson.

Hosted by emcee Jonathan Yuhas of KSTP/Hubbard Broadcasting, the event kicked off with a spectacular flyover by Greg Herrick in one of his restored Stinson Tri-motor airplanes followed by his entrance with a vintage airmail bag. Special guests included the Farnsworth Pre-K – 8 Marching Band and Farnsworth educator Jill Wall, who was joined by two students to share their experiences at the Museum of Flight Aviation Learning Center.

The event coincided with International Learn to Fly Day, an annual event created by EAA and AOPA to support flying through airport open houses, flights and special events.

See the news release here.