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Category: Flight Discovery Center

A Long Farewell to the SBD-2P

A few weekends ago we completed the 5+-year restoration of the world’s only SBD-2p Douglas Dauntless Dive Bomber on Friday, hosted a wonderful and emotional Aloha party to say goodbye to the aircraft on Saturday, and began taking it apart for transport on Monday.  Bittersweet to say the least, as we are preparing to send the SBD back home to the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum (PHAM) in Honolulu, HI after our team spent over 40,000 hours restoring her to her former glory.  With a... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Nov 1, 2021
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WWII pilot’s family reunited with restored plane at Air Zoo - Featured on WMUK

After more than five years of meticulous restoration at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo, a restored World War Two dive bomber that crashed into Lake Michigan during World War Two is heading to a new home. The Douglas S-B-D “Dauntless” will be on display at the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum in Hawaii. Earlier this month, it was celebrated at a family reunion. Enjoy the article & Interview now! By Leona Larson, WMUK Reporter  Read More
at Friday, Oct 29, 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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Historic Flying Fortress to Visit Air Zoo in Honor the Heroes Tour

The Air Zoo is preparing to welcome their 3 rd visiting aircraft of the summer. The Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady ,” will visit the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Center’s Flight Discovery Center, beginning Friday August 13, 2021.  The estimated time of arrival is 12:30PM and will stay until late Saturday afternoon.  This incredible aircraft last visited the Air Zoo May 31st - June 2nd of 2019, as part of the Air Zoo’s 40 th Anniversary... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Aug 11, 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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The Air Zoo partners with STEM Flights to offer free flight experiences for local students.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Air Zoo Media Contact: Nikki Statler, Director of Marketing  Phone: 269.350.2811  Email: nstatler@airzoo.org   STEM Flights Media Contact: Carley Walker  Phone: 703.851.7952  Email: carley@stemflights.org   The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center has partnered with a fellow nonprofit to deliver free educational flight experiences for middle and high school students in the greater Kalamazoo area.  The flights are... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, May 11, 2021
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Meet Shaba

In 2019, the Air Zoo was notified that it will be the proud recipient of one of the first F- 117 Nighthawks released for public display at a non- government institution. The highly decorated Shaba (817) is one of 15 Nighthawks with over 5,000 flight hours. This incredible aircraft is one of 10 Nighthawks to fly at least 50 combat sorties; one of 7 that flew in at least three of the four significant campaigns in which Nighthawks were used; and one of only 5 that fit all three categories. ... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Mar 2, 2021
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B-17 Flying Fortress to Visit Air Zoo Last Michigan Stop in the 2020 Salute to Victory Tour 

The Yankee Air Museum announced it is dispatching its flagship, the Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady,” to the Air Zoo Aerospace & Science Museum at Kalamazoo/Battle Creek International Airport on Saturday, October 3, 2020.  The Museum’s award winning World War II heavy bomber is visiting the area, offering self-guided tours and Air Adventure rides.  The plane will arrive at approximately 10:00AM.  Flight operations are scheduled to begin at 11:00AM at the Air Zoo,... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Sep 22, 2020
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The Air Zoo – Phased Re-Entry Welcoming Guests, Both In-Person and Virtually

Portage, MI, July 6, 2020 – Following an announcement made mid-June, the Air Zoo reopened its doors to its Members on Monday, June 29 th , kicking off a two-week members-only appreciation period. General admission to the public will resume on Monday, July 13 th at 9am. The Air Zoo Aerospace and Science Center staff and volunteers are excited to be putting months of preparation and planning, outlined in a 32-page document, referred to as the “Air Zoo Re-Entry Plan,” into... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Jul 6, 2020
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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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