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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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July Exhibit & Collections Update

Cosmic Contemplations  Long before we had the technology to picture space, we rendered our own versions of it. For example, in the 1940s and ‘50s, artists blended science fact with science fiction to interpret the Moon, as seen in Chesley Bonestell’s 1957 Lunar Landscape mural section. Learn more about how the images that form our vibrant new wallpaper came to be and explore the stories of the people and imaging technologies that help us photograph space... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Jun 30, 2022
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Stitching Up Romance at the Tuskegee Institute

When America entered World War II (1939-1945) in 1941, the U.S. Army Air Corps (today’s U.S. Air Force) remained segregated. But the need for skilled pilots drove a wise decision that resulted in the Tuskegee Airmen: Black pilots who risked their lives for their country and helped crumble armed forces racial segregation. These pilots answered the recruitment call and trained at the new air base at Tuskegee, Alabama. They flew with the 99th Fighter Squadron and the 332nd Fighter Group in... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Tuesday, Feb 1, 2022
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Collections department, plans for 2022

The Collections staff and volunteers have been working hard on the Guadalcanal Campaign Collection. Our volunteers just finished up inventorying and taking photographs of the 3D objects in the Guadalcanal Campaign collection. We will be working on changing some of the display cases in the Guadalcanal Campaign exhibit. We also recently received a fabulous collection from the family of Charles A. Buser, who was a Marine who fought on Guadalcanal and featured in the Guadalcanal Exhibit. (Photo is... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Thursday, Dec 30, 2021
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Astronaut Christina Koch

As we curate and install a beautiful new space-themed wallpaper and welcome a cosmically cool traveling exhibit, Be the Astronaut (May 28 – September 12, 2021), we’ve got space adventure fever! The same could be said for Michigan-born Christina Koch (b. 1979), whose longings for space travel drove her to “be the astronaut.”     As a child, Christina loved things that made her feel small: the... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Monday, May 31, 2021
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Building a Model

As many prepare for the winter weather and the holidays, your Air Zoo Exhibits and Collections departments are also busy working on exhibits for 2021. One of those new exhibits will explore the history of and give guests a look into a model aircraft and spacecraft building. America’s fascination with aviation rose right along with Orville and Wilbur Wright’s first aircraft. When Charles Lindbergh flew across the Atlantic in 1927, businesses including the Cleveland Model &... Read More
Posted by Nikki Statler at Wednesday, Nov 25, 2020
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