Minnesota Military Museum receives certification as an Air Force Museum

The Minnesota Military Museum at Camp Ripley has recently received full museum certification by the National Museum of the United States Air Force and is now eligible to receive Air Force Equipment and Aircraft.

Camp Ripley and the Minnesota National Guard have a rich aviation history and over the years a number of different aircraft have either been stationed at or utilized the Camp Ripley Airfield.

“The original goal of the certification was to obtain a C 130 for the museum” stated museum director Jeff Thielen. “Most local residents are very familiar with this aircraft due to their large usage of the Ripley runway. Having one on display for museum visitors would be a great asset for the museum,” said Thielen.

“The Minnesota Military Museum represents all branches of the military with a focus on Minnesota veterans and the equipment used by Minnesota Guard and Reserve units” stated archivist Chad Conrady, “they have flown P51s, F89s, F4s and F16s, and at least now the potential exists for us to try and obtain some of these aircraft for display” continued Conrady.

The Museum will develop strategies and explore fundraising opportunities over the next few months to support this certification and secure appropriate equipment representative of equipment utilized by Minnesota Guard and Reserve units over the years.

During the winter months the museum is open Thursdays and Fridays, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. and by appointment for tours. Call (320) 616-6050 for information.