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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  |  269.350.2811

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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City of Portage proclaims official Air Zoo Day

AIR ZOO DAY WHEREAS, the Air Zoo is the centerpiece in Southwest Michigan for stellar educational, cultural and historical relevance and outreach; and  WHEREAS, the Air Zoo engages with nearly 200,000 guests per year, encouraging families from around the world to spend their time and money in local hotels, restaurants, theatres, and businesses; and WHEREAS, the dedication of the Air Zoo to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics centered education helps... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019
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SR-71 Spy-Posium Event - a HUGE success for all!

Did you make it to the SR-71 SPY-POSIUM? For the first time ever, the Air Zoo opened the SR-71B’s cockpits for public viewing! Visitors got first-hand accounts of what makes the Blackbird tick - straight from the mouths of former SR-71 pilots and crew members.  We learned exciting facts about this one of a kind spyplane that has captured high-resolution images from over 80,000 feet and flown more than three times the speed of sound. Attendees enjoyed engaging panel... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019
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B52 Winery Partners with Air Zoo to Honor WWII Women Airforce Service Pilots during Winery Grand Opening Celebration, October 11, 2019

Grand Opening Reception to kick off Annual Lucky Girl Brewing/B52 Winery Harvest Fest, October 12-13 10% of B52 Winery Sales, Oct 11-13, to Benefit Air Zoo Educational Programs and Expansion of their Women in Aviation and Space Exhibit . Paw Paw, Michigan, October 11, 2019– A gala Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting and Reception for the B52 Winery will kick off a weekend of fun and music at the annual Lucky Girl Brewing/B52 Winery Harvest Fest. The B52 Winery Grand Opening and... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Oct 4, 2019
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October Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Julie Dolegowski

Congratulations   to Julie Dolegowski , our Employee of the Month for October! Julie has been with the Air Zoo since December of 2018 and currently is a Front Desk Ticket Lead. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors praise Julie for being wonderful with guests as well as being a kind, caring, and dependable person to work with here. Julie is a valuable member of the team and we truly appreciate her. Thank you, Julie! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Oct 4, 2019
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Air Zoo to Share Innovative Programs at 2019 Joint Conference

Submitted by Maria Newhouse In October 2019 Air Zoo staff members Christy Kincaid, collections and exhibits coordinator, Mary Lawrence, director of talent management and finance, and Maria Newhouse, development associate, will travel to Grand Rapids, Michigan to give two presentations at the 2019 Association of Midwest Museums and Michigan Museums Association Joint Conference. Ms. Kincaid and Ms. Newhouse will be presenting on the Air Zoo’s innovative Infant-At-Work program, while Ms.... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Sep 25, 2019
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Historical Society of Michigan recognizes volunteer Don Sanborn with 2019 State History Award

We are excited to announce that long time Air Zoo volunteer and docent, Donald Sanborn, will be honored Friday, September 27, 2019, at the State History Awards Banquet in Ludington, MI. Don will be receiving the Distinguished Volunteer Service Award, presented by the Historical Society of Michigan as part of the 2019 Michigan History Conference.   The 2019 State History Award for Distinguished Volunteer Service will be given to Donald H. Sanborn of Portage for his decades of... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Sep 16, 2019
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September Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Briana Klug

September has arrived, and with it, a new Guest Experience Ambassador Employee of the Month—Briana Klug! Bri has been with the Air Zoo since June of 2019 and is praised for being helpful, versatile, and dependable; and doing so with a cheerful disposition and bright, positive attitude. Bri is a wonderful Ambassador for the Air Zoo team. Great job, Bri, and thanks for everything you do! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Sep 3, 2019
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Air Zoo announces SR-71 Spy-Posium details and events!

Portage, MI , August 21, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to release details surrounding the highly anticipated SR-71 Spy-Posium events being held October 4-6 at the Flight Innovation Center, their Portage Rd. location.  An outline of the weekend’s schedule is now available on line for the public.  Additional details and announcements will be made public as they become available.    SR-71 Spy-Posium | October 4-6 For the first time ever, the Air Zoo... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Aug 21, 2019
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Inspiration Starts Young

Submitted by Maria Newhouse On August 4, 2019 two young aviators flew through the cloud tunnel at the Air Zoo and captured the hearts of staff and guests alike for their vintage pilot and Woman Airforce Service Pilot (WASP) outfits. Hailing from Oklahoma, Emberly (5) and Colton (almost 2) are on a mission this summer to see as many World War II bombers and events as they can within driving distance of their home – bringing their parents along for the ride. Their summer journey... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Aug 7, 2019
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August Guest Experience Ambassador of the Month - Lauren Fox

Lauren has been with the Air Zoo since February of 2019. Fellow Guest Experience Ambassadors praise Lauren for being a hard worker with a helpful, positive attitude who is always friendly and cheerful. Lauren is truly a valuable member of our Guest Experience team. Great job, Lauren! Thank you for all you do for the Air Zoo! *Neat photo fact: the photo was taken at the FDC (cool points if you recognize where) the day Lauren was hired! Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Aug 5, 2019
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