Former President George H.W. Bush's Navy airplane on display in Eden Prairie

December 03, 2018 09:30 AM

Long before he was president, George H.W. Bush spent some time in Minnesota.

During World War ll, Bush trained as a fighter pilot at the Naval Air Station in Minneapolis next to the airport.

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A plane Bush flew in 1943 is on display at the Wings of the North Air Museum in Eden Prairie. The plane is even autographed by the Navy veteran. 


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"People can read about history and when they come to the museum it really brings it to life," Bill Norris, with Wings of the North Museum said. "We know that he (Bush) wrote home to his mother and said that it was so cold in Minnesota that by the time you put on enough clothing to keep you from freezing to death you can barely fly the airplane."

Flags across the country, including at the Minnesota State Capitol, will be flown at half-staff for 30 days in honor of the former president. 

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