Lake Superior Squadron Superior, WI

Superior Bong Airport
4808 Hammond Avenue
Superior, WI 54880

Contact number:
(715) 919-3212


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    OY-2 Carin’ Belle More Carin’ Belle Info

    Stinson L-5E-1VW – “Carin’ Belle” (AAF Contract No. 44-181143) N5138B OY-2 (Navy Bureau No. 04013) by Col. Stanley E. Condon The Stinson L-5 like *Carin’ Belle* is on of the most important but overlooked airplanes of World War II. Not as glamorous as fighters and bombers, and not as numerous as the Piper L-4 Cub, the Stinson L-5 is relatively obscure. Nearly 4,000 were built by the Stinson Division of Consolidated-Vultee corporation during 1942-1945. a few hundred still survive, like *Carin’ Belle*. The L-5 was robust relative to other liaison aircraft, and flew a wider variety of missions. The aircraft didn’t require an airfield, and could be maintained under primitive conditions.... ...

    The CAF has been in Minnesota since 1971 when the Minnesota Wing was formed in 1971. The Minnesota Wing was the very first charter unit of the national headquarters wing of the Commemorative Air Force and operated as a maintenance support arm to help the CAF’s mission and its ever growing fleet of rare aircraft.

    The Minnesota Wing, Commemorative Air Force, St. Paul, had a WWII PBY Catalina amphibious aircraft. Disaster struck in 1998 when a wind storm flipped it over, basically destroying it.

    The group purchased a similar replacement (Bureau 64092) and their insurance company demanded the aircraft be stored in a hangar. Since the Minnesota Wing’s hangar was too small the only other facility large enough to house the PBY with its 104-foot wingspan was an abandoned hangar in Duluth.

    This PBY had been among other things a search & rescue aircraft, a general cargo carrier, and finally a fire bomber and in this configuration flew for several years but significant fuselage corrosion eventually grounded her as well in 2002.

    Once it was determined that this PBY would never fly again, the Lake Superior Detachment then inquired about PBY-6A Bureau No. 64097 which had been flipped on her back during a heavy storm and was it available.

    In 200x the Commemorative Air Force chartered Lake Superior Squadron as a free-standing organization with the CAF, separating it from the Minnesota Wing.

    Today, the Squadron is doing something radical, and probably never before attempted outside of the military. They are rebuilding the damaged, but relatively corrosion-free fuselage of Bureau 64097 (known as the Blue Plane) and replacing the crumpled wing with that from their other former fire bomber, Bureau No. 64092 (known locally as the Red Plane) . In addition the engines from the other PBY have been mounted on the existing blue fuselage which along with the red wing and motors marry the two aircraft together.

    It is a massive undertaking, but the team has made remarkable progress since the project began in 2009. They have already grafted the two aircraft together and are well on the way to forming one airworthy airframe. Since the fuselage came from Bureau No. 64097, that will be the identity of the aircraft once the restoration is complete.

    The PBY Catalina played a crucial role in World War II, both in long-range reconnaissance and U-boat suppression, not to mention air sea rescue missions and other vital activities.

    In addition to our 2 PBY-6A’s, we are also working on restoring a Marine OY-2 to flying condition.

    The OY-2 was the Marine version of the L-5E sentinel scout plane that was also equipped to carry a litter for Medivac missions.

    In 2018 the Squadron moved from its long term home at Hanger 101 in Duluth, Minnesota to a new location at the Richard I. Bong Airport in Superior, Wisconsin.

    The CAF Lake Superior Squadron is currently hard at work restoring a PBY and a OY-2 back to flying condition.

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    Party time at the Lake Superior Squadron Hanger More Info

    Join us for a fun day of Food, Planes, Cars, and Music! The party starts at 8am and goes until Sunset.

    Some of the events for the day 8AM to 9:30AM Pancake Breakfast 12PM BBQ Lunch 5PM to 7PM Music by the Blue Water Big Band

    In addition to food a music, we will be hosting a Car show at the hanger, times will be announced when finalized.

    Don't forget you can also view some great planes and the museum exhibits while you are there!

    Superior, WI

    PBY-Catalina-Restoration Project Update More Info

    The Lake Superior Squadron has been working diligently for several years to restore the PBY-61 – N71797. Currently the PBY is tented inside the hangar for the winter. Join us as we invite you to our facility to share with you our journey restoring the PBY Catalina back to its prime.

    Superior, WI

    Bong Airport Open House More Info

    Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 11 AM CDT- The LSS will be serving lunch and hosting live music at the Bong Airport open house. We're extremely exited to host the Blue Water Big Band for this event! In addition, the other airport tenants (EAA, CAP, and more) will be hosting a large number of activities running from Breakfast to Dinner, so come to the Bong Airport for a full day of planes, food, music, and fun!

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    CAF Warbird Tube - 12 Planes of Christmas PBY Catalina More Info

    Online Event Join host Steve Buss as he talks with CAF Lake Superior Squadron about their PBY Catalina featured in the 12 Planes of Christmas campaign.

    Superior, WI

    4th Annual Bong Airport Open More Info

    A fun day of flying, food, and fun at the RI Bong Airport.

    Breakfast, Lunch w/museum tours, aviation education, classic car gathering and more

    Music by the Blue Water Big Band

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