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Air Zoo adds new plane to its collection

April 3, 2012

Source: Danielle Nicholl
Job Title: Public Relations & Marketing Manager
Phone: 269.350.2811

KALAMAZOO, Mich. - The Air Zoo has added a new plane-a 1928 Heath Baby Bullet-to its extensive collection of aircraft. The Baby Bullet is now on display for visitors to enjoy.

The Baby Bullet is a homebuilt aircraft kit created by the Heath Airplane Co. It was used in various air races and air fairs throughout the U.S. and Canada during the Golden Age of Aviation. Hundreds of kits were sold. However, many were never built.

"While small in size, airplanes like the Baby Bullet played a huge role in showcasing aviation to the general public," said Bob Ellis, Air Zoo president and CEO. "And at only $199 for the kit, nearly anyone who wanted to own an airplane could afford one."

The Air Zoo's Baby Bullet is currently the only one that is registered under the Federal Aviation Administration. David C. Cleavinger, of Livonia, donated the plane to the Air Zoo in 2009. It was originally built in 1933 by aviation enthusiast and machinist Perry D. Hansen, of Lansing.

For more information on the Air Zoo, visit or call 269.382.6555.

The Air Zoo is a nonprofit organization located at 6151 Portage Rd. in Portage, Mich. It is an affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution and offers a restaurant, gift shop and banquet facilities. General admission is $8 per person. Unlimited rides and attractions may be purchased with a wristband package (Ultimate Ace-$15, Junior Flyer-$12, Co-Pilot-$8), which includes general admission, or tickets can be purchased individually for rides. Children who are 4 years old or younger are free.

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