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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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Oceans to Astronauts

May 6, 2022  Portage, MI  – Opportunity abounds at the Air Zoo this month as scientist and innovator, Adle Luta, joins the Air Zoo team, Thursday, May 12 th , to inspire young math and science lovers to dream big and work hard, while sharing stories of inspiration and perseverance with learners of all ages.     Join friends and neighbors for a night of storytelling involving human spaceflight and how Adele Luta’s work, including... Read More
at Friday, May 6, 2022
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Celebrating the end of an exciting chapter at the Air Zoo’s Restoration Center

The time has come to celebrate the hard work and dedication the volunteers and staff at the Air Zoo have put into the restoration of the Douglas Dauntless SBD-2P Dive Bomber, a historic WWII Navy aircraft once thought lost forever in Lake Michigan.   The SBD-2P (Bureau Number 2173) currently housed at the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center is the last of its kind. It was thought to have sunk... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Oct 13, 2021
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Creating Community in 2021

A letter from Troy - Eight years ago, as I embarked on a new career at an aviation museum in Kalamazoo, Michigan, one of the first people I had the chance to get to know was Pete Parish. It was from Pete that I learned about the dream that inspired the Air Zoo and the vision our founders had for using the Air Zoo to strengthen our community for future generations. Nearly a year after Pete’s death, it is still hard to think about the Air Zoo without him. Pete was one of the most... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jul 9, 2021
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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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