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(besides aircraft and space artifacts)

We always have fun and exciting things to share with you.  Please check back often for exhibit information and openings, event details, special Air Zoo visitors, educationand  program announcements and soooo much more!

Media contact:
Nikki Statler, Director of Marketing
nstatler@airzoo.org  |  269.350.2811

 WWII Transport Airplane to Visit Air Zoo

August 11, 2020,  Portage MI —The Douglas C-47 “Hairless Joe,” cargo plane will visit the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center on Saturday, August 15, 2020.  The plane and crew will be arriving around 9am and plan to offer Air Adventure rides to those interested in booking a seat for flights scheduled that morning. “We are elated to have an opportunity to offer the community an exciting distraction. Whether folks want to book a ride or just enjoy the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Aug 10, 2020
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Preston Seiter "Pete" Parish - November 10, 1919 - July 1, 2020

It is with deepest sadness that we share that our co-founder Pete Parish passed away last week.  From his service as a Marine in WWII to his philanthropic works across our region, Pete was truly a hero in every sense of the word.  His remarkable legacy will live on throughout this community and through all who experience the Air Zoo for decades to come.  Pete will be forever honored through our work at the Air Zoo. As we celebrate his life and legacy, we look forward to hearing... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 6, 2020
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The Air Zoo – Phased Re-Entry Welcoming Guests, Both In-Person and Virtually

Portage, MI, July 6, 2020 – Following an announcement made mid-June, the Air Zoo reopened its doors to its Members on Monday, June 29 th , kicking off a two-week members-only appreciation period. General admission to the public will resume on Monday, July 13 th at 9am. The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center staff and volunteers are excited to be putting months of preparation and planning, outlined in a 32-page document, referred to as the “Air Zoo Re-Entry Plan,” into... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 6, 2020
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A message of support

This has been a very difficult statement to write as we struggle to find words that feel supportive enough, that communicate the essential need for change and that convey our intent to be part of that change. As places of learning and growth, we know that museums must not stand separate from the inequities that plague our nation. At the Air Zoo, we stand with our Black colleagues, community and partners who are demanding racial equality. As an institution, we stand ready to listen and to learn... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jun 5, 2020
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Air Zoo Closes from March 13th-April 5th under Governor Whitmer’s Order

In response to Governor Whitmer’s request this afternoon to cancel all gatherings of more than 250 people until April 5th, and in our desire to limit the potential for exposure for our community, the Air Zoo will temporarily close its doors to the public as of 2pm today, March 13 th . The safety of every community member – guest, employee, and volunteer – is of the utmost importance to us.   As we do our part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, we also realize the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Mar 13, 2020
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Air Zoo Responds to COVID-19 Spread

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation is rapidly evolving, the Air Zoo is closely monitoring the situation, regionally, nationally and globally, and is taking precautionary steps to mitigate the likeliness of rapid spread throughout the surrounding communities.  Currently the center is focusing efforts on conveying the importance of proper handwashing practices, utilization of hand sanitization stations throughout the buildings, the addition of extra trash receptacles, encouraging... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Mar 11, 2020
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Open Cockpits at the Air Zoo

Open Cockpits at the Air Zoo Visit the Air Zoo each weekend in February for your chance to get up close and personal with some of your most beloved aircraft! Every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Jan. 31 - March 1, Air Zoo guests will have the unique opportunity to view or sit in the cockpits of some of the most famous aircraft in history! Don't miss this amazing chance to "climb behind the stick" and get a true "pilot's eye" view of history!... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jan 30, 2020
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SIHOF Recipient Achieves Success

In 2016, Quincy High School senior Noah Winans was awarded a Science Innovation Hall of Fame Student Excellence Award and scholarship from the Air Zoo. Noah’s passion for science subsequently led him to Kansas State University, where he is currently majoring in Agronomy (Plant Sciences). Not knowing where his path would lead him, Noah spent the past four years at KSU identifying his passions and connecting them to the science that he loves. Since his... Read More
Posted by Abby Sample at Friday, Jan 24, 2020
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January Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month- Don Lemons

Congratulations to Don Lemons, the Employee of the Month for January 2020! Don has been with the Air Zoo since May of 2019. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors praise Don for always coming to work with a contagious smile and a kind word for everyone he meets. He is always ready to jump in and help when needed while giving great service to guests and co-workers alike. Great job, Don! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo! Read More
Posted by Abby Sample at Monday, Jan 13, 2020
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December Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month- Nate Couk

Nathan has been with the Air Zoo since June of 2016. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors appreciate Nathan for being a diligent and reliable co-worker, while also being a lot of fun to be around. Nathan is dedicated to the Air Zoo and the guests’ experience here. Great job, Nathan! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo! Read More
Posted by Abby Sample at Wednesday, Dec 11, 2019
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The Story of our FM-2 Wildcat

IT WAS A COLD DAY OVER LAKE MICHIGAN On December 28, 1944, it was just 15 degrees in Michigan when the FM-2 Wildcat fighter plane that currently calls the Air Zoo’s East Campus Restoration Center home crashed into the icy waters of Lake Michigan. One of the US Navy’s most successful fighters in early WWII, this particular Wildcat was being used to train pilots for aircraft carrier landing and takeoff over Lake Michigan. After completing two take offs and landings that fateful day,... Read More
Posted by Abby Sample at Tuesday, Dec 10, 2019
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Birthday Bash Re-cap

Our birthday weekend was a success with many families coming in to enjoy our fun family- friendly activities and crafts, put together by our education team, our great Fly Buy giveaways and discounts and our attractions. We also had a nice turn out during our Cake Chat on Monday where we got to hear fun, unique stories from some of our original volunteers and employees, while enjoying delicious cake and goodies. Thank you to Greg Ward, Bill Painter, and Al Vander Veen for sharing your... Read More
Posted by Abby Sample at Wednesday, Nov 27, 2019
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