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Category: Sue Parish

Before They Were WASP, They Were CAP

Did you know that many Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP)—including Air Zoo Co-founder Sue Parish—first served as part of the Civil Air Patrol (CAP)? Approved by the United States Commerce, Navy, and War departments in 1941, the CAP recruited American civilian pilots eager to use their aviation skills for national defense. Men and women answered the call and volunteered in many ways. They provided surveillance, missing aircraft searches, forest patrols, and much more. Prior to... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Dec 30, 2021
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November birthdays

In November, we celebrate the Air Zoo’s birthday (we’re 42 this year!). We also celebrate the people who co-founded this very special place, for they were both born in November, too.  Co-founder Preston S. “Pete” Parish was born on November 10, 1919, while co-founder Suzanne “Sue” Upjohn DeLano Parish was born on November 13, 1922.  We commemorate their birthdays this month and we are privileged to share the gift of their legacies... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Oct 28, 2021
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How the Air Zoo inspired a young man and his dream

It can be hard to quantify the positive impact a cultural institution has on its community without experiencing that impact firsthand. MSgt. Darrik Thompson, USAF, retired, is just such a person, and for him the Air Zoo and the positive impact it has had on his life hold a very special place in his heart. “The Delano family [co-founder Sue Parish’s family] introduced my grandparents,” he recounts succinctly, “and my grandfather introduced me to aviation through the Air... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jul 25, 2019
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Air Zoo to Debut Special Anniversary Exhibit, Memories & Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo April 12

Portage, MI , April 9, 2019 – The Air Zoo proudly announces the grand opening of its next featured exhibit, Memories and Milestones: 40 Years of the Air Zoo, on Friday, April 12 th at 9am . This exhibit is a celebration of the past 40 years of the Air Zoo’s commitment to sharing the wonders of aerospace and science with our community.   Air Zoo Exhibits and Collections Manager, April Bryan states “This is our first big in-house exhibit since I came on... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Apr 9, 2019
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