World War II flying aces were prized for their ability to outmaneuver cunning foes, wear dashing scarves, and dance the jitterbug on the wings of low-flying biplanes. Celebrate aviation history with today's Groupon: for $20, you get four tickets to the 2011 AirExpo by Wings of the North in Eden Prairie (up to a $40 value at the door). This Groupon is valid from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on either Saturday, July 16 or Sunday, July 17.
Crowds jet to the Eden Prairies Flying Cloud Airport for the 2011 AirExpo held by Wings of the North, taking up-close ganders at vintage planes, meeting the historic heroes who flew them, and indulging in other avian entertainments. Explore a period-plane petting zoo during the two-day fair, wandering amid historical and working aircraft such as the P-51C Mustang or popping into the cockpit for a tour of the B-25 bomber Miss Mitchell. Meet a Tuskegee airman and a Black Sheep squadron pilot from World War II, rub elbows with Vietnam veterans, or figure out how Ben Franklin trained kites to drop bombs in the Hall of Legends. Classic cars and military vehicles crash the plane party, adding more grounded mechanics to the weekend.
Kids 7 and under get in for free, learning the ropes of the wild blue yonder in the children's activity area or accompanying adults as planes complete dramatic formations and aerial tic-tac-toe matches high above food vendors and 80 merchant booths. While not included in today's Groupon, aspiring aviators at the AirExpo can also purchase 30-minute joyrides in historic aircraft, thus reliving the experience of WWII dogfighters going on 30-minute joyrides.
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