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Fargo Air Museum Raffles Mustang for Hangar Addition

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The area is buzzing about a big raffle involving the Fargo Air Museum, two well-known pilots, and a new addition in their honor. Supporters hope some unique prizes will prompt people to open their wallets in celebration.

It's not what they would have wanted, says Fargo Air Museum Executive Director Fran Brummund. She adds, it wasn't their intention that their names would be on the building. But their friends and fans say building an aircraft hangar addition at the Fargo Air Museum is one of the best ways to honor Gerry beck and Bob Odegaard, two pilots with a passion for flying and a vision to share that enthusiasm with others.

"Unfortunately they're not here, but the fact we have a chance to build another building and have it named the Beck-Odegaard wing is so fitting," says Pilot Tim "Toby" McPherson.

 Organizers are well on their way, with $400,000 dollars in the museum coffers, but still shy 450-thousand more. They're hoping some extraordinary prizes at a September 14 raffle will help their dream take flight.

This what everyone is hoping to win. A 2013 Mustang Boss 302. Limited edition, hand-assembled engine, valued at $48,000. This is a nice ride.

The second prize in the raffle is also mustang-related. Fran Brummund says there are those folks who would give their eye teeth to ride in a P51 Mustang. A world war two fighter plane, to be exact. With only 140 registered in the world today, and only half of those actively flying, this is a ride you would never forget. McPherson says without that airplane we wouldn't have won the war. And that's what organizers are aiming for, too.

A new wing dedicated to aviation, the air museum and the two men who were its biggest supporters. Pilot Tim "Toby" McPherson says the legacy of Beck and Odegaard is so important to the museum, and everything the men stood for. @

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