Aviation museum at Anoka County-Blain...

Aviation museum at Anoka County-Blaine Airport closing

There are 28 comments on the TwinCities.com story from Jul 7, 2009, titled Aviation museum at Anoka County-Blaine Airport closing. In it, TwinCities.com reports that:

American Wings Air Museum co-director Stan Rosand, left, and Dave Taylor pack books and magazines Tuesday in the museum library.

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Met

Minneapolis, MN

#1 Jul 8, 2009
Can't say I'm surprised the MAC drove this place out of business. The MAC is a really lousy organization.
Chris B

Minneapolis, MN

#2 Jul 8, 2009
The closing of this site is an incredible loss for the residents of the north suburbs. As the Anoka Co. Airport has grown from a "small" uncontrolled airspace into a larger hub supporting many businesses and reflecting the expansion of the area; the American Wings Air Museum was one of the only sites to promote the passion for aviation. The aircraft that the museum was able to bring in cannot be found readily throughout the metro. The accessibility of the aircraft (being able to touch, sit in etc...) makes this an even bigger loss. To take this away from the hundreds of volunteers who have graced the doors of AWAM is abhorrent. The money, time and passion put into this endeavor have been stripped away by MAC; increasing the rent more than three-fold is ridiculous. I wish the best to all of the volunteers who continue to try and make aviation an accessible passion.
Cindy

Buffalo, MN

#3 Jul 8, 2009
I would like to thank everyone who has tried to help us keep our museum open.
MIke MacDonald

Minneapolis, MN

#4 Jul 8, 2009
It's a damn shame, especially in light of all the assistance the Museum and it's supporters have done for the State with it's various members doing fly-overs for key events. Certainly this is something the legislature could have dealt with were not so big, and lame.
Chebama

Saint Paul, MN

#5 Jul 8, 2009
Chris B wrote:
The closing of this site is an incredible loss for the residents of the north suburbs. As the Anoka Co. Airport has grown from a "small" uncontrolled airspace into a larger hub supporting many businesses and reflecting the expansion of the area; the American Wings Air Museum was one of the only sites to promote the passion for aviation. The aircraft that the museum was able to bring in cannot be found readily throughout the metro. The accessibility of the aircraft (being able to touch, sit in etc...) makes this an even bigger loss. To take this away from the hundreds of volunteers who have graced the doors of AWAM is abhorrent. The money, time and passion put into this endeavor have been stripped away by MAC; increasing the rent more than three-fold is ridiculous. I wish the best to all of the volunteers who continue to try and make aviation an accessible passion.
Well said, what a shame. And shame on MAC
Buckey

Boise, ID

#6 Jul 8, 2009
I think everyone should be complaining over on the MAC site.

Flood the pri*ks with e-mail.
Krantzman7

Belvidere, IL

#7 Jul 8, 2009
Congratulations to the Metropolitan Airports Commission for destroying a great museum by jacking up the rent 400%. Well done, idiots. Now you'll get NO rent payments.
Chebama

Saint Paul, MN

#8 Jul 8, 2009
Funny, another story today regading MAC is that they want to spend 2.2 million dollars for new signage getting rid of the Humphrey and Lindberg terminal names. I guess they got all that money from squeezing the Museum out of business.
Mary Allen-Shoreview

United States

#9 Jul 8, 2009
I won't be sad to see the flyovers. You look up 10 feet from your house and hope the bomber is going to make it to the airport. Scary at best. It is sad about the museum but I bet that bar is open in the Event Center area. Is it just me that has a problem with pilots having the easy on site access to the bar????
Chebama

Saint Paul, MN

#10 Jul 8, 2009
Mary Allen-Shoreview wrote:
I won't be sad to see the flyovers. You look up 10 feet from your house and hope the bomber is going to make it to the airport. Scary at best. It is sad about the museum but I bet that bar is open in the Event Center area. Is it just me that has a problem with pilots having the easy on site access to the bar????
Did you move in before the airport was around?
RainbowBrew

Rochester, MN

#11 Jul 8, 2009
If you ever have the chance the Naval Air Museum in Pensacola Florida is fantastic. it is right on the naval Air base and close to where the blue angels hang out.

They even have a set of 5 previous blue angels planes hanging in formation in the atrium.

The stories there are wee created by the people who lived the life. My friend was a ballonist and helped create the ballon exhibit including pictures of his flying planes from the ballon.

Some real antiques in that museum. it is huge.
p t bull

Minneapolis, MN

#12 Jul 8, 2009
I've been to that airport several times, and didn't know they had a museum until now. Yeah, mac is screwed up. They waste money on frivolous things, and cut back on worthwhile things.
Mary Allen-Shoreview

United States

#13 Jul 8, 2009
lived in the area since I was a child and it was just a small airport....I think some of the reason they aren't going to make it bigger than it is would be newer residents of Blaine, I hear there are lots of complaints especially when the bombers fly. I remember putting flyers on doors with my parents when they wanted to expand in the 60's.
Maybe now that LeDoux is more out of commission the runway expansion will die for good. You can say move but my house is paid for. They moved in on us.
wtf

Saint Paul, MN

#14 Jul 8, 2009
This town is slowly turning into a cold Omaha!
Chebama

Saint Paul, MN

#15 Jul 8, 2009
Mary Allen-Shoreview wrote:
lived in the area since I was a child and it was just a small airport....I think some of the reason they aren't going to make it bigger than it is would be newer residents of Blaine, I hear there are lots of complaints especially when the bombers fly. I remember putting flyers on doors with my parents when they wanted to expand in the 60's.
Maybe now that LeDoux is more out of commission the runway expansion will die for good. You can say move but my house is paid for. They moved in on us.
The bombers fly very rarely. It sounds to me like you're upset with the airport because of it's growth. I understand that but again the bombers fly rarely. Plus they are a national treasure. I happen to love when they fly over the house.
Chris B

Minneapolis, MN

#16 Jul 8, 2009
Mary Allen-Shoreview wrote:
lived in the area since I was a child and it was just a small airport....I think some of the reason they aren't going to make it bigger than it is would be newer residents of Blaine, I hear there are lots of complaints especially when the bombers fly. I remember putting flyers on doors with my parents when they wanted to expand in the 60's.
Maybe now that LeDoux is more out of commission the runway expansion will die for good. You can say move but my house is paid for. They moved in on us.
I can understand the frustration you feel about the noise. This issue, however, has to do with the unfortunate happenigs between AWAM and MAC. You obviously have strong feelings towards the aiport and the people who inhabit it but do not forget that no matter where you are located in the metro you will always have aiports, noise, traffic etc...No one should have to move, that is true, and that is the central idea behind the postings on this page; MAC's forced hand against AWAM. You feel strongly about not having to move, so does AWAM.
Idiots

Burnsville, MN

#17 Jul 8, 2009
The MAC Commission shows us its stripes. It will cowtow to NW Airlines, but to ordinary people and some group doing good they will shut it down. MAC should be financing this group, not charging it.
Hack Jah

Minneapolis, MN

#19 Jul 8, 2009
ONLY IN MYAMERICA wrote:
MAC is a typical moronic gang of thugs!!!!
This museum is a treasure and is a true asset to the area and the state!!! Who let this happen??
The money most bone head park commissions spend on skateboard parks or other stupid things would easily cover the cost of keeping this aviation museum going...this is a joke to let this fail!!
Think about all the senseless projects to nowhere that are eating up money!!!!!!!!!!
Check out the thread about MAC approving a plan to put up signs and rename the two airports #1 & #2. 2.2 million for new signs. THUGS is right.
Ell

Minneapolis, MN

#20 Jul 8, 2009
Do I remember correctly that there are two air museums at the Anoka Co. airport, or is my memory failing me?
OhWell

Saint Paul, MN

#21 Jul 8, 2009
Ell wrote:
Do I remember correctly that there are two air museums at the Anoka Co. airport, or is my memory failing me?
You are correct. One pays it's monthly rent and the other does not but thinks it should get a free ride(AWAM).

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