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Air Zoo offers summer flight experiences

July 13, 2010

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

This summer, Air Zoo guests have the chance to take flight in a Cessna T-41 Mescalero, North American T-6 Texan and Vultee BT-13 Valiant, courtesy of Aviation Adventures and Michigan Warbirds.

All three of these historic aircraft were used as trainers in the armed forces. The T-41 was used to train Air Force pilots beginning in 1964. During World War II, the T-6 was used as an advanced trainer in the U.S. Army Air Forces and Navy. The BT-13 was also used during the war as a basic trainer by the U.S. Army Air Forces.

Guests can experience these aircraft with an array of flight packages including:

T-41 Flight Experience by Aviation Adventures
The T-41 Flight Experience is perfect for those who want to go on a flying adventure. Passengers will get a bird's-eye view of the greater Kalamazoo area. This flight experience lasts 20 minutes and costs $75 for the first passenger. Each additional passenger costs $25. The T-41 can hold up to three passengers.

T-41 Pilot Experience by Aviation Adventures
Those who dream of becoming a pilot will find the T-41 Pilot Experience especially exhilarating. Passengers will learn about aerodynamics and how to pilot the plane by using the flight controls. The passenger-pilot will have the chance to try basic flight maneuvers such as turns, climbs and descents. At the end of the experience, the passenger-pilot will be awarded a certificate of logged pilot time that may be used towards private pilot training. This 30-minute experience costs $109 for the first passenger and $25 for each additional passenger.

World War II Flight Experience by Michigan Warbirds
Experience the thrill of flying in the T-6 or BT-13 with the World War II Flight Experience. This familiarization ride will begin with a briefing from the pilot. After the aircraft is in the air, the pilot will let the guest take the controls and experience flight, firsthand! This 30-minute experience costs $200 and is limited to one passenger.

Flights from Aviation Adventures are offered Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. and noon to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Michigan Warbirds flights are offered on Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Height and weight limitations may apply.

Tickets and gift certificates are available for purchase at the Air Zoo. To schedule a flight or for more information, please call 269.382.6555.

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