As a pilot with the Commemorative Air Force museum (a 501c3 in South St. Paul, MN), I fly a 1942 Stinson L-5 warbird to 10-20 airshows during the flying (summer) season. Our mission, run by volunteers, is to keep these planes in the air, to remind the public of the important sacrifice and service provided by our nation’s military air corps. Ours is not a ‘static’ museum (where you park the airplane in the corner and let it gather rust and dust); we keep ‘em flying.

I’ve attended and worked at a number of airshows and events throughout the Midwest. I must write and compliment the City of Rushford for the reception we experienced this past weekend, Sunday, October 9. Everything went well: the Mayor of Rushford was there. The Airport Commission chair was there. We found a very enthusiastic audience, and a great turn-out, despite the fact that we were weathered-out from our originally-scheduled appearance date. We were treated to a lunch of pizza, logistics were coordinated very well with Mike Thern at Rushford Aviation (who, along with his wife, couldn’t have been better hosts). The airport arrival and departure building is high-quality. EVERYTHING about this experience was great!

It was my first time flying in to Rushford, MN, but, with the reception we received, and the quality of the people we met, I can’t wait to return, and to tell other pilots about my experience at Rushford. Rushford put its best foot forward, and made quite an impression. Its citizens should be proud.

John Schmidt

Stinson L-5 pilot

Minnesota Wing, Commemorative Air Force