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Category: Kalamazoo

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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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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The Air Zoo launches competition, nationally, to raise $100,000 for completion of the SBD-2P & F-117 Nighthawk restorations in 2021

April 21, 2021 Portage, MI – Excitement is building at the Air Zoo as they announce a competition of mass proportions to complete the restoration of the Douglas SBD-2P Dauntless (Bu. No. 2173) and the F-117 Nighthawk Shaba (tail number 817) in 2021. Anyone who has visited the Air Zoo, or follows them on social media, knows that one of their most inspiring experiences is housed in the Air Zoo’s Flight Discovery Center. Since 2013, the Air Zoo has proudly boasted one of the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Apr 21, 2021
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