Recently, the North Dakota Secretary of State’s office released the 33rd edition of the North Dakota Blue Book. This is a publication that is released once every two years and contains current and historical information about the state that is not readily found in other publications. These items include but are not limited to: state statistical data, information about the state’s symbols and awards, elected officials, agencies, judiciary, legislative branch, federal-state relationships, education, elections, agriculture, natural resources, and energy development.
The exciting news about the 2019-2021 North Dakota Blue Book is that this is the first edition that features “Aviation in North Dakota”. Over the last year, our office has worked with various aviation organizations and individuals throughout the state to help provide information for the book. The feature chapter begins with information about the first flight in North Dakota and continues through today’s growing aerospace and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry. At the beginning of each of the book’s chapters are photos that reflect the state’s diverse aviation activity. Our state has an incredibly rich history of aviation and this edition of the Blue Book does a great job of presenting a picture of our state’s aviation story while highlighting some of the people who have paved the way for aviation to be where it is today.
This spring, we also look forward to inducting another individual into North Dakota’s Aviation Hall of Fame, which pays tribute to those aviators that have made significant contributions to aviation in North Dakota. If you would like to learn more about our state’s Aviation Hall of Fame inductees, I encourage you to visit the physical location that honors these individuals which is located on the first floor of the Bismarck Airport Commercial Terminal. Information on the inductees can also be found in physical kiosks that are located at the North Dakota Heritage Center, as well as our two aviation museums in Fargo and Minot.
Additionally, there are also video productions of the last 12 inductees that are available for viewing from the Aviation Hall of Fame section of the North Dakota Aeronautics Commission website. The North Dakota Aviation Council has recently decided to team up with the University of North Dakota Aerospace Network to work and develop additional video features for past hall of fame inductees. I am excited to see these ongoing efforts being made to preserve aviation history in North Dakota!
Kyle Wanner, Director
North Dakota Aeronautics Commission
701-328-9650 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Twenty editions of The North Dakota Blue Book are now digitally available to be viewed online, and each edition including the new 2019-2021 version – can be accessed directly from the website of the State Historical Society of North Dakota, www.history.nd.gov/bluebook
A physical copy of The North Dakota Blue Book can also be purchased through the Museum Store at the North Dakota Heritage Center or ordered by calling the Museum Store at 701-328-2822.