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Runestone Museum has new exhibit

The Runestone Museum in Alexandria is proud to announce a new aviation exhibit.

The exhibit coincides with the American Barnstormers Tour that will be in Alexandria July 3-5. (See related story.)

The display features more than 100 aviation models, which makes it the largest display in the state.

The models range from the Wright Brothers to the latest, featuring local and area planes and pilots, according to Julie Blank, Runestone Museum manager.

There are models of commercial, military and private aircraft, from the United States, along with the British, German, Russian and Japanese.

The time periods include World War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War, the Cold War and the present.

One of the first area pilots was Freddie Lund, who started as a barnstormer and went on to be a test pilot for WACO Aircraft, a movie pilot and air racer.

Other pilots include the Bud Peterson, who was a WWII ace in Europe flying a P-51 and Bill Haskins, who piloted a B-17 in Europe.

The museum will also feature Alexandria's Bellanca manufactured planes with early models to the triple tail and the current Viking, noted Blank.

The museum will have special open day events from July 3-5 in conjunction with the Barnstormers Tour. There will be free aviation pins and balsa gliders for the kids, while supplies last.

The Runestone Museum is open Mondays through Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Sundays from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is $6 for adults, $5 for seniors, $3 for students and $15 for families.

For more information about the aviation exhibit, contact Jerry Jensen at (320) 763-1333. For more information about the Runestone Museum, call (320) 763-3160.