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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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Air Zoo education team participates in Grand Rapids Griffins annual School Day Game

A UNIQUE, EDUCATIONAL FIELD TRIP EXPERIENCE The Air Zoo is excited to be joining the Grand Rapids Griffins annual School Day Game on  Wednesday, November 17, 2021 , presented by the Army National Guard. Every year, thousands of West Michigan students and educators head to Van Andel Arena for this unique and fun learning experience that features interactive exhibits and educational displays throughout the concourse and during the game. The educational exhibits, with a STEM focus for... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Nov 2, 2021
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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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Inspiration and celebration take on new form at Air Zoo Events this fall!

The team at the Air Zoo is busily preparing for an exciting assortment of inspiring, educational, and in-person events that will take place from September 23 rd through October 17 th .   Discovery Series  Kicking off, not only the fall events calendar, but also a new Speaker Series at the Air Zoo, is Mr. Norman Haynes with his first-person account – Launching NASA across the solar system, one “failure” at a time . Haynes, a Kalamazoo Native, and Kalamazoo... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021
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Open Cockpits in September this year!

Open Cockpits at the Air Zoo Typically, February marks and exciting month for the Air Zoo and its community with the annual Open Cockpits event, which allows guests to get up close and personal with some of their most beloved aircraft. Due to the necessary safety precautions that were in place as a result of COVID-19, 2021's Open Cockpit Month was postponed to September!  Visit the Air Zoo each weekend in September (2021)  for your chance to get up close and personal... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Aug 16, 2021
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Go West, Mr. Parish

In the late 1940s, Air Zo co-founder Preston “Pete” Parish (1919-2020) averaged 3,000 miles a month en route from San Diego to Vancouver; Spokane to Salt Lake City; Phoenix to Los Angeles—but not by air!  Pete traveled by train, bus, and infrequently by car in a job he particularly enjoyed: Sales. Based out of Los Angeles, Pete found the work a pleasure. “I had a wonderful time,” he said in a 2001 oral history interview. Before relocating to... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jul 30, 2021
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C-47 that led the main D-Day airborne invasion of Normandy visits the Air Zoo – tours and rides available

The Air Zoo is honored to welcome the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Texas Wing and their historic C-47, “That’s All, Brother,” to Kalamazoo.  The crew will land at the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center on Sunday, August 1st at approximately 11am.  “That’s All, Brother” will be available for tours and rides Monday, August 2 nd through Thursday August 5 th .  They will then head to Evansville, IN, the last stop on their 2021 Tour.... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Friday, Jul 30, 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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Air Zoo Hosts Free Event Wednesday (4/17) Evening & 50% Discount for Military Families Saturday & Sunday (4/20-4/21)!

Portage, MI , April 15, 2019 – The Air Zoo is excited to be partnering with two amazing organizations, offering free and/or reduced admission to visitors.  The festivities begin Wednesday, April 17 th , with a free after-hours event called, An Evening at the Air Zoo . On Saturday and Sunday, April 20 th & 21st, the Air Zoo will be offering all military personnel and their immediate families 50% off general admission in recognition of April being designated as Month of... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Apr 15, 2019
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