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GM Futurliner to be on display at the Air Zoo

September 27, 2010

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811
Email: dnicholl@airzoo.org

On Sept. 29, a different kind of traveling exhibit is coming to the Air Zoo-a General Motors Futurliner.

In 1940, GM built 12 Futurliners-stylized buses used to transport and showcase the Parade of Progress, GM's national tour promoting the advancement of technology. Each Futurliner featured different exhibits that highlighted the progress of modern science and engineering. The exhibits ranged from a demonstration about refrigeration and insulation to "Power for the Air Age," a display about jet propulsion.

"The Futurliners were about showing progress, including innovations in aviation," said Bob Ellis, Air Zoo president and CEO. "By having a Futurliner on display at the Air Zoo, we hope to continue inspiring youth to follow their dreams and envision the possibilities of the future."

The GM Futurliner will be on display at the Air Zoo Sept. 29 through April 1 and is included in free general admission. It is on loan from the National Automotive and Truck Museum of the United States and thought to be one of nine remaining Futurliners. Its exhibits include "Opportunity for Youth," which is about the Fisher Body Craftsman's Guild, and "Chevrolet Soap Box Derby." In the past, the Futurliner has been on display at the Antique Automobile Club of America Museum in Hershey, Pa., and the Greenfield Village Motor Muster in Dearborn.

For more information on the Futurliner, call the Air Zoo at 269.382.6555.

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