Roland J. “Ron” Fagen
Ron Fagen was born in Granite Falls, MN. Born into a flying family, Fagen began flying the family airplanes and eventually found an interest in aerobatics. Flying a Pitts, he won several regional contests and other events over a 25-year span.
Fagen joined the US Army and served a tour in Vietnam. Following his service, he started an industrial construction company and used aviation for commuting between sites. He created an ethanol processing plant and began designing plants all over the world. He also designed wind farms and their components. He has participated in Special Olympics for handicapped youth and the Veterans Airlift Command besides supporting general aviation in Minnesota. In 2012, Fagen opened an aviation museum in Granite Falls dedicated to America’s Greatest Generation in memory of his father, who fought at Normandy. The museum is filled with WWII warbird aircraft as well as documents, statues, and other military artifacts.