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Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow
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Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow
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DATE AND TIME
June 18, 2022

Gates open: 10:30AM
Airshow: 3:00PM
Concert: 7:00PM
Night Airshow
LOCATION
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
2450 540th St
Granite Falls, MN 56241
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Event Description

Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022 Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will hold the Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow at their home field, Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Airport in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Pride of the Pacific is the 2022 theme for the airshow which includes Fagen Fighters’ own former Navy aircraft; their airworthy FM-2 Wildcat BuNo. 86774, Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Death ‘N Destruction, BuNo.78645 andNorth American SNJ-4, Bundle Buggy. Texan BuNo.27234, while Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver BuNo.83393 (progressing well in the museum’s restoration shop) will also prove a significant draw for show-goers. Alongside the airshow industry top performers; Tora, Tora Tora, and the Younkin Airshows, there will be visiting warbirds. The other ‘crown jewels’ from the Fagen Fighters collection will also be in the show, such as North American B-25J Mitchell 44-86698 Paper Doll, P-51D Mustangs 44-63864 Twilight Tear, and 44-72051 Sweet Revenge, Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk.I AK753 Desert Shark, P-40K Warhawk 42-10083 Aleutian Tiger, and of course, their magnificent Lockheed P-38L Lightning 44-27231 Scat III, and newest to the Fagen collection Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero.

As the airshow’s official title implies, this event also celebrates the life of Ray Fagen, himself a WWII veteran, the father of Ron, and the Grandfather of Aaron and Evan Fagen. Ray passed in 2010 and never participated in the museum but remains its inspiration to this day. Evan Fagen recently spoke with us about his grandfather’s military service, noting: “Ray Fagen was my grandpa and he was on the first wave at Normandy on Utah beach. He was involved with the liberation of Paris and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was shot on Utah beach and in the Battle of the Bulge. He also got shrapnel wounds in the Battle of the Bulge which took him out of the battle. He never talked about the war, but inspired us to start the museum to honor the greatest generation and to remember their sacrifices. "While he never flew during the war, he learned to fly when he got home as a civilian in a Stearman under the GI bill. He flew for almost 60 years.” 

This is bound to be a spectacular, warbird-heavy air show! Please be sure to check the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum Facebook page for updates as the show date approaches, as there are bound to be further additions to the lineup!


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Frequently Asked Questions

Tickets will be scanned at the event and wristbands issued on Airshow grounds upon entry.

Wristbands may be purchased in person beginning June 6th during regular business hours at three Granite Falls, Minnesota, locations - the Fagen office at 918 Prentice Street (downtown), Fagen Fighters WWII Museum and Citizens Alliance Bank.

Tickets may also be purchased on the grounds the day of the Airshow.

We'd like to have accurate attendance numbers, so tickets for NO DOLLARS will be used for children 9 and under.



GENERAL AVIATION:
Due to lack of ramp space, all non-WWII era aircraft will be diverted to other airports - Montevideo (MVE), Marshall (MML), Olivia (OVL) are the closest. You will need to arrange for your own transportation to and from the Airshow. We will not be providing shuttle service.


PARKING:
Airshow parking has been expanded onsite. Follow signs and volunteers as you enter. Handicap parking is close to event entrance. Offsite opportunities for parking and bus shuttles to event will be available around Granite Falls. More information about this will be available at a later date.


ITEMS TO BRING:
Cameras (bags subject to inspection), sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, lawn chairs - (all bags will be subject to inspection) blankets, portable umbrellas - however you may not block the view of others, ear plugs, strollers. Masks due to COVID concerns are not required but may be worn as your needs or comfort dictate.


ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE BROUGHT IN:
No food or beverages, no coolers(exception is small coolers for infant formula or medical supplies), no loose ice, cans/glass, no alcohol, no backpacks(exception for infant diaper, supplies - will be inspected), no roller blades or similar, no tents or portable shelters, no pets, no knives or weapons, no smoking anywhere onsite. DRONES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED WITHIN 5NM OF THE AIRPORT PER FAA RULES.

An ATM machine is located in the Airport Terminal Building. This building also serves as the First Aid Station.


FOOD AND BEVERAGES:
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors centrally located on the Airshow grounds throughout the event. Alcohol will be sold after the day Airshow beginning at approximately 6PM.


SEATING:
All seating is general admission. There is no opportunity for upgrades. WWII Veterans and their families will have special seating in and in front of the USO.


PRIDE OF THE PACIFIC SCHEDULE:
Gates open at 10:30 AM. At least one author will be signing and selling their book(s). Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will be open. WWII aircraft will be on display as well as authentic WWII vehicles and camps. WWII reenactors will be seen throughout the day. The museum gift shop will be open all day. At approximately 12:45 PM WWII Veterans will be interviewed with Q&A time. Airshow begins at 3 PM (All start times may vary due to weather). Fagen Fighters Warbirds will all fly as well as many visiting Warbirds. This year the airshow act second to none - Tora, Tora, Tora will be performing. The amazing Matt Younkin of Younkin Airshows will be entertaining us. We are thrilled to have Steve Hinton, of Planes of Fame performing aerobatics in Fagen Fighters P-38, Scat III. Our own Evan Fagen will be performing aerobatics in the Wildcat. Ray Fowler will be flying an aerobatic routine in Fagen Fighters P-51 Sweet Revenge. Warren Pietsch and Bernie Vasquez in the Hurricane and Spitfire from the Dakota Territory Air Museum will be performing. Wings of the North Museum Warbirds will be performing in the Airshow.

After the day Airshow, we are so excited to announce that country singer-songwriter Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry will perform at 7 PM. He was part of the duo of Montgomery Gentry until the untimely death of Troy Gentry in 2017. The Kentucky native has 20 plus charted singles and has earned CMA, ACM and GRAMMY awards and nominations. Following the Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry concert will be an amazing night airshow by Matt Younkin of Younkin Airshows! We are in for a treat and a great ending to an action-packed day!!


RAIN DATE:
In case of a rain out, the airshow will be held on Sunday, June 19th. Wristbands will be good for this day. The concert will go on rain or shine on Saturday, June 18th. In case of rain, more details about the concert will follow.


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Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow

Saturday, June 18th, 2022

On Saturday, June 18th, 2022 Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will hold the Ray Fagen Memorial Airshow at their home field, Lenzen-Roe-Fagen Memorial Airport in Granite Falls, Minnesota. Pride of the Pacific is the 2022 theme for the airshow which includes Fagen Fighters’ own former Navy aircraft; their airworthy FM-2 Wildcat BuNo. 86774, Grumman F6F-5 Hellcat, Death ‘N Destruction, BuNo.78645 andNorth American SNJ-4, Bundle Buggy. Texan BuNo.27234, while Curtiss SB2C-5 Helldiver BuNo.83393 (progressing well in the museum’s restoration shop) will also prove a significant draw for show-goers. Alongside the airshow industry top performers; Tora, Tora Tora, and the Younkin Airshows, there will be visiting warbirds. The other ‘crown jewels’ from the Fagen Fighters collection will also be in the show, such as North American B-25J Mitchell 44-86698 Paper Doll, P-51D Mustangs 44-63864 Twilight Tear, and 44-72051 Sweet Revenge, Curtiss Kittyhawk Mk.I AK753 Desert Shark, P-40K Warhawk 42-10083 Aleutian Tiger, and of course, their magnificent Lockheed P-38L Lightning 44-27231 Scat III, and newest to the Fagen collection Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero.

As the airshow’s official title implies, this event also celebrates the life of Ray Fagen, himself a WWII veteran, the father of Ron, and the Grandfather of Aaron and Evan Fagen. Ray passed in 2010 and never participated in the museum but remains its inspiration to this day. Evan Fagen recently spoke with us about his grandfather’s military service, noting: “Ray Fagen was my grandpa and he was on the first wave at Normandy on Utah beach. He was involved with the liberation of Paris and participated in the Battle of the Bulge. He was shot on Utah beach and in the Battle of the Bulge. He also got shrapnel wounds in the Battle of the Bulge which took him out of the battle. He never talked about the war, but inspired us to start the museum to honor the greatest generation and to remember their sacrifices. "While he never flew during the war, he learned to fly when he got home as a civilian in a Stearman under the GI bill. He flew for almost 60 years.” 

This is bound to be a spectacular, warbird-heavy air show! Please be sure to check the Fagen Fighters WWII Museum Facebook page for updates as the show date approaches, as there are bound to be further additions to the lineup!


eventdesc.jpg


Tickets will be scanned at the event and wristbands issued on Airshow grounds upon entry.

Wristbands may be purchased in person beginning June 6th during regular business hours at three Granite Falls, Minnesota, locations - the Fagen office at 918 Prentice Street (downtown), Fagen Fighters WWII Museum and Citizens Alliance Bank.

Tickets may also be purchased on the grounds the day of the Airshow.

We'd like to have accurate attendance numbers, so tickets for NO DOLLARS will be used for children 9 and under.



GENERAL AVIATION:
Due to lack of ramp space, all non-WWII era aircraft will be diverted to other airports - Montevideo (MVE), Marshall (MML), Olivia (OVL) are the closest. You will need to arrange for your own transportation to and from the Airshow. We will not be providing shuttle service.


PARKING:
Airshow parking has been expanded onsite. Follow signs and volunteers as you enter. Handicap parking is close to event entrance. Offsite opportunities for parking and bus shuttles to event will be available around Granite Falls. More information about this will be available at a later date.


ITEMS TO BRING:
Cameras (bags subject to inspection), sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, lawn chairs - (all bags will be subject to inspection) blankets, portable umbrellas - however you may not block the view of others, ear plugs, strollers. Masks due to COVID concerns are not required but may be worn as your needs or comfort dictate.


ITEMS THAT CANNOT BE BROUGHT IN:
No food or beverages, no coolers(exception is small coolers for infant formula or medical supplies), no loose ice, cans/glass, no alcohol, no backpacks(exception for infant diaper, supplies - will be inspected), no roller blades or similar, no tents or portable shelters, no pets, no knives or weapons, no smoking anywhere onsite. DRONES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED WITHIN 5NM OF THE AIRPORT PER FAA RULES.

An ATM machine is located in the Airport Terminal Building. This building also serves as the First Aid Station.


FOOD AND BEVERAGES:
Food and beverages will be available for purchase from a variety of vendors centrally located on the Airshow grounds throughout the event. Alcohol will be sold after the day Airshow beginning at approximately 6PM.


SEATING:
All seating is general admission. There is no opportunity for upgrades. WWII Veterans and their families will have special seating in and in front of the USO.


PRIDE OF THE PACIFIC SCHEDULE:
Gates open at 10:30 AM. At least one author will be signing and selling their book(s). Fagen Fighters WWII Museum will be open. WWII aircraft will be on display as well as authentic WWII vehicles and camps. WWII reenactors will be seen throughout the day. The museum gift shop will be open all day. At approximately 12:45 PM WWII Veterans will be interviewed with Q&A time. Airshow begins at 3 PM (All start times may vary due to weather). Fagen Fighters Warbirds will all fly as well as many visiting Warbirds. This year the airshow act second to none - Tora, Tora, Tora will be performing. The amazing Matt Younkin of Younkin Airshows will be entertaining us. We are thrilled to have Steve Hinton, of Planes of Fame performing aerobatics in Fagen Fighters P-38, Scat III. Our own Evan Fagen will be performing aerobatics in the Wildcat. Ray Fowler will be flying an aerobatic routine in Fagen Fighters P-51 Sweet Revenge. Warren Pietsch and Bernie Vasquez in the Hurricane and Spitfire from the Dakota Territory Air Museum will be performing. Wings of the North Museum Warbirds will be performing in the Airshow.

After the day Airshow, we are so excited to announce that country singer-songwriter Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry will perform at 7 PM. He was part of the duo of Montgomery Gentry until the untimely death of Troy Gentry in 2017. The Kentucky native has 20 plus charted singles and has earned CMA, ACM and GRAMMY awards and nominations. Following the Eddie Montgomery of Montgomery Gentry concert will be an amazing night airshow by Matt Younkin of Younkin Airshows! We are in for a treat and a great ending to an action-packed day!!


RAIN DATE:
In case of a rain out, the airshow will be held on Sunday, June 19th. Wristbands will be good for this day. The concert will go on rain or shine on Saturday, June 18th. In case of rain, more details about the concert will follow.





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DATE AND TIME
June 18, 2022

Gates open: 10:30AM
Airshow: 3:00PM
Concert: 7:00PM
Night Airshow
LOCATION
Fagen Fighters WWII Museum
2450 540th St
Granite Falls, MN 56241
OFFICIAL WEBSITE

Event Help / Information

What tickets include
Discounts & Ticket pricing information
Do children need a ticket
Will call information / local ticket sales
Seating/Venue/Parking/Handicap Information

Resend Help Center Contact

Contact the event: (615) 223-1008
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