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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!

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Nikki Statler, Director of Marketing
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Six West Michigan Attractions Offer FREE Admission in October to Members

The Southwest Michigan Cultural Membership Exchange returns this fall. The exchange offers free, reciprocal admission to members of six cultural attractions during the month of October. Current members of The Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center, Binder Park Zoo, Gilmore Car Museum, Kalamazoo Nature Center, Kalamazoo Institute of Arts, and the Kellogg Biological Station (KBS) Bird Sanctuary and W.K. Kellogg Manor House can visit each destination free of admission charge when they present... Read More
at Friday, Sep 30, 2022
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Local Middle School Students Provide Views to the Night Sky in Windows to the Universe Art + Science Exhibit

A teacher’s promise to his middle school students bloomed into an art-meets-science installation at the Air Zoo!  During the 2019-2020 school year, Portage Central Middle School teacher Doug Wilson made a pledge to his students. He told them that if their southern and northern hemispheres project turned out well, that he would find a place where their canvases could be viewed and enjoyed. We consider it a privilege that Doug allowed the Air Zoo to become the public venue for the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Sep 29, 2022
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New Air Zoo Exhibit: "Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII”.

The Air Zoo is proud to launch a new and exclusive exhibit, “ Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII ”.  The exhibit tells the stories of the bravery, triumphs, and challenges of women pilots committed to serving their country. Situated in the Air Zoo’s East Wing, the exhibit combines artifacts, images, video, and interactives to tell stories of the WASP. Guests can find the exhibit by following the new Fifinella (the WASP mascot),... Read More
at Wednesday, Sep 7, 2022
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Exclusive Exhibit Daughters of the Sky Comes in for a Landing in our East Wing

It is with great pride that we officially announce the opening of a wonderful new and exclusive exhibit meant to honor and raise awareness of the Women Airforce Service Pilots—the WASP. Opening the first week of September 2022, Daughters of the Sky: The Women Airforce Service Pilots of WWII tells the stories of the daring and determined women who answered the call when asked to fill the training, towing, and ferrying roles that would release male pilots to train for combat. Another... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Aug 26, 2022
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Mission Complete: The SR-71 Spy-posium returns

Twenty SR-71 Blackbird crew members and thousands of guests joined the Air Zoo for another unforgettable SR-71 Spy-posium. Crew were on site to recount sorties and give tours of the Blackbird. There was also multiple panel discussions, new Blackbird and Spy-posium souvenirs in the Fly Buy Gift Shop and the Blackbird Affair , a ticketed fundraising event which gave lucky guests the opportunity to sit in the cockpit of the mighty Blackbird. The 2022 SR-71 Spy-posium was generously... Read More
at Friday, Aug 19, 2022
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Spy-tastic items now in stock at the Fly-Buy Museum Store

With the Air Zoo ready to welcome SR-71 pilots, RSOs and maintainers for this week’s Spy-posium, the Fly-Buy Museum Store has been restocked with an assortment of exciting spy-related books and gifts for all ages. Blackbird fans can pick up a new Air Zoo exclusive SR-71 t-shirt design, as well as key rings, pins and models of the iconic Mach 3+ reconnaissance aircraft. There is also a variety of spy related gizmos and gadgets for the up-and-coming secret agent in your life. New... Read More
at Wednesday, Aug 10, 2022
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SR-71 Crew returns to the Air Zoo for an even bigger Spy-posium weekend – August 12-15th

It’s been called “the most impressive military jet ever built” and for some time, remained shrouded in secrecy. Designed with a slide rule, this master of aerial surveillance continues to amaze us more than 30 years after its official retirement. The same can be said of the outstanding individuals who worked with the program, in the air or on the ground. The Air Zoo’s SR-71 Spy-posium provides a gateway to share, discuss, investigate, and commemorate one of... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Aug 2, 2022
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Discovering Shaba with Captain Thad Darger

The Air Zoo is excited to welcome a very special guest for a Discovery Series event this Saturday evening. Former F-117 Nighthawk pilot,  Captain Thad Darger,  will be reunited with the recently completed F-117 Nighthawk (tail number 817), Shaba , and will share his exciting journey with the 8th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Wing, of Holloman Air Force Base. Captain Darger was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for heroism while flying in the stealth aircraft displayed at the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Jul 27, 2022
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New partnership between the National Naval Aviation Museum, National Medal of Honor Museum and the Air Zoo brings historic aircraft to life for new museum

A special project that began 10 years ago, when an FM-2 Wildcat fighter plane was recovered from its 68-year slumber on the bottom of Lake Michigan, has recently taken an exciting turn as the Air Zoo Restoration Team pushes ahead for a spring 2024 completion. Conversations that began in late 2021 have led three organizations to a completion plan that is a victory for all.      Through the efforts of the National Naval Aviation Museum (NNAM) in Pensacola, Florida, and the... Read More
at Monday, Jul 11, 2022
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July Exhibit & Collections Update

Cosmic Contemplations  Long before we had the technology to picture space, we rendered our own versions of it. For example, in the 1940s and ‘50s, artists blended science fact with science fiction to interpret the Moon, as seen in Chesley Bonestell’s 1957 Lunar Landscape mural section. Learn more about how the images that form our vibrant new wallpaper came to be and explore the stories of the people and imaging technologies that help us photograph space... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jun 30, 2022
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The Air Zoo’s new Community Access Membership program helps drive reach and impact for families receiving EBT and WIC assistance in Southwest Michigan

The team at the Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center is proud to announce an exciting addition to their Community Access Programming. The new Community Access Membership (CAM) program, which has been in the works since November of 2021, will officially launch on Wednesday, June 1, 2022. This extension of the Air Zoo’s current Museum’s For All  admission program will further support access to history, aerospace, and STEAM-based, hands-on educational opportunities to... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, May 31, 2022
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New Paintings at the Air Zoo - "Over Europe" by Matt Milkowski

The Air Zoo acquired three new paintings at the end of 2021, from a Chicago Artist, Matt Milkwoski. Check out Over Europe on display in the Flight Innovation Canter-World War II Wing.  Matt Milkowski Over Europe oil on canvas Artist Statement Through a window, a B-17 crewman would have seen bombers gently swaying one way or another. This would occur as the hundreds of planes lumbered into position to assemble their intricate box formations. At times, collisions occurred.... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, May 30, 2022
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