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Category: Military Aircraft

Meet the Fokker

Not all the Air Zoo’s cool planes can be found on the ground. Look up and you’ll find some super suspended aircraft, such as our Fokker Dr. 1. Our 3/4 scale reproduction represents World War I aerial combat history and early twentieth century aircraft design. Inspired by the sight of the Sopwith Triplane, Fokker-Flugzeugwerke built the Dr.1 as a WWI fighter. The Dr stands for Dreidecker—German for triplane. Pilots flew this single seat fighter mostly during the spring of... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Nov 29, 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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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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