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Category: Stealth Plane

Flight is in the Family - Donor Spotlight

As a parent, Autumn Zank found her son, Tyler, was far more engaged with his schoolwork when it was centered around something he was passionate about.  When he discovered his interest in aviation, Tyler translated that into a career in aircraft mechanics.  The Air Zoo’s STEAM education programs offer students the chance to discover and engage interests in aviation and other STEAM studies.  Autumn’s niece, Gabby, joined the Air Zoo’s High School Aviation... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Nov 16, 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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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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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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Shaba Arrives This Week!

The Air Zoo is proud to announce the arrival of their newest aircraft.  Over the last eight days, Air Zoo President & CEO, Troy Thrash, along with a crew of dedicated transportation specialists, embarked upon a journey of 1,940 miles to bring the aerospace and science center's new aircraft home to the Air Zoo, located in Portage, MI. This new plane is a stealth fighter, a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, Tail #817, and nicknamed Shaba . “I really can’t believe the time... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, Dec 7, 2020
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