Here come the Dukes

Dozens of flying Dukes are expected over Duluth this week as the Commemorative Air Force-Lake Superior Squadron 101 hosts a gathering of Beechcraft Duke planes Thursday at its Hermantown museum and hangar.

It’s the 25th anniversary for the Duke Flyers Association fly-in event, and about 40 planes should be on display for the public from 4-8 p.m. Thursday. The museum is at 4931 Airport Road, near the Cirrus Design headquarters.

The Duke was first built in 1968 with production lasting until 1983. About 600 planes were built, and 411 still are flying today. It’s been considered a fast, comfortable, quiet and stable performer for private plane owners over the years.

There’s plenty to see in the museum as well, with extensive history of planes used in battles from World War II to today.

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