“Vintage Aircraft: Historic Aircraft Come Alive”
Greg Herrick, Golden Wings Flying Museum
The stereotypical museum contains artifacts which used to work but mostly no longer do so. Greg will talk about some of the differences between that type of museum and the Golden Wings Flying Museum, not the least of which is that most, if not all, of his airplanes are flyable. Greg adds to this by sharing a bit of his extensive knowledge of his airplanes, providing a wonderful “coming alive” presentation.
Greg Herrick, who earned his Private Pilot license in high school, says he’s the only one in his family to become a pilot so he didn’t inherit his passion for aviation. His interest in vintage aircraft started early while growing up in Ottumwa, Iowa, where the headquarters for the Antique Airplane Association is located. In 1993, Greg began collecting unique and often one-of-a-kind airplanes. He is the owner of the Golden Wings Museum, located at the Anoka County Airport. Greg personally owns more than 35 vintage aircraft, one of the largest holdings of its type in the U.S., and has invested considerably in the acquisition, restoration, and preservation of airplanes from the Golden Age of aviation – the 1920s and 1930s. Today, Greg is the president of the Aviation Foundation of America. In this role, he and the foundation seek to preserve and promote America’s aviation heritage. He is also involved with airport preservation projects and educational programs. In 2014, Greg was recognized for his efforts in aviation by being inducted into the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame.