More than 40 WW2 Aircraft Expected At Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow


On Saturday, June 20th, the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will be hosting the third Ray Fagen Memorial airshow at Lenzen-Roe Memorial Airport in Granite Falls, Minnesota.

The event, which is expected to feature more than 40 WWII aircraft as well as historic vehicles and reenactors, will also serve as the grand opening for the museum’s new hangar.

Aircraft from the museum’s collection, including their P-38 Lightning “Ruff Stuff”; P-40 Warhawks “Aleutian Tiger” and “Desert Shark” and P-51D Mustangs “Twilight Tear” and “Sweet Revenge”, will be joined by a number of additional historic machines, thanks to “overwhelming” commitment from the warbird community.

The Fagens state that, “In addition to our own collection, we will host the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17G Aluminum Overcast which will be available for tours, the Commemorative Air Force Arizona Wing’s B-25J Maid in the Shade will give tours and rides before and after air show, B-25J Lady Luck will be on hand along with a PV-2 Harpoon. In the fighter group, we have P-51 Mustangs Old Crow, Petie 2nd and Sierra Sue, a Bell P-63 Kingcobra, two FM-2 Wildcats, an F4U Corsair and a Japanese Zero.

We also have the CAF Sioux Falls’ Wing Stinson L-5 Sentinel liaison aircraft. Trainers will include two Stearman PT-17s, and thirteen T-6s, including the fabulous AeroShell Aerobatic Team, and the Fagen Fighters trainers including the BT-13, PT-19, PT-26 and PT-22. Several other warbird owners are still arranging schedules. Due to our very limited ramp space and our desire to accommodate all warbird participants and static displays, the airport will be closed to general aviation for the day. We are routing all general aviation traffic to Southwest Minnesota Regional Airport in Marshall, Minnesota, just 30 miles south of Granite Falls. Shuttles to and from Granite Falls will run throughout the day.”

The event is scheduled to run from 11 am to 10:30 pm, and will also feature a night airshow, battle reenactments and a concert by country artist Craig Morgan. Admission will run $20 for adults, $10 for ages 9 to 17, and free for children 8 and under.

(Fagen Fighters WWII Museum via Advocate Tribune)