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Free lecture at veterans museum June 26 features story of B-52 crash in Minnesota

On Friday, June 26 at 8:00 p.m. aviation historian Noel Allard will be at the ITOW Veterans Museum in Perham. His lecture and slide show is a dramatic account of events the night of September 6, 1958 when a B-52 bomber, on a training mission from Limestone, Maine, with the objective to radar-bomb Minneapolis/St. Paul, lost flight control and crashed in Inver Grove Heights.

Allard will speak about the immediate and later results of the crash and how 38 years later, in September, 1996, he and a group of veterans and aviation persons established a monument to honor the deceased crew members.

Noel Allard is a historian of Minnesota aviation and has published two books on the subject. In 1970 he purchased a vintage aircraft, rebuilt it and flew it for 31 years. A member of Air National Guard Museum Foundation for fifteen years, he was the contractor for the rebuilding of the Spirit of St. Louis replica that hung at MSP Airport terminal and the designer and developer of the Cold War aviation accident monument in Inver Grove Heights, Minnesota. Allard has been chairman of the Minnesota Aviation Hall of Fame for 20 years and is a founding member of Twin City Aero Historians model airplane club, now in its 45th year. A veteran of the U.S. Army Security Agency from 1957-1960, he was stationed in Southern Germany for two years. He now lives in Menahga.

This event is free and open to the public. The ITOW Veterans Museum is located at 805 West Main, Perham.

For more information call 218-346-7678 or visit