Mon - Sat: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Mon - Thurs: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Fri - Sat: 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sun: 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Air Zoo's "SR-71 Spy-posium" brings together crew and fans of the world's only remaining SR-71B Blackbird. During this multiday event, Blackbird pilots, RSOs and maintainers join us to recount stories, give tours and host panel discussions. Stay tuned for more information about our next SR-71 Spy-posium. Check out the photos from this incredible event.
Join us for a weekend you won’t forget, as we celebrate the world’s only remaining SR-71B Blackbird. Twenty humans that were involved in the training, maintenance and reconnaissance missions the Blackbird served in the Cold War will be on site to recount sorties, give tours of the cockpits (open for this event only!!!) and other exciting elements of the Blackbird. Special guests include a Lockheed Historian who will share fascinating stories about Lockheed and Skunk Works engineering and program development. This extended weekend event will feature panel discussions, one-on-one tours, new Blackbird and Spy-posium souvenirs in the Fly Buy Gift Shop (including a special One Well Blackbird Porter), the Blackbird Affair, a ticketed fundraising event with limited opportunities for a sit-in cockpit tour with a pilot, and so much more!
Special thanks to our program sponsors. The 2022 SR-71 Spy-posium has been generously underwritten by William Blair. Supporting sponsors include: KalBlue Group, Esper Electric, Metro Toyota, Edward Jones Investments, Tom Schripsema, Financial Advisor, RAI Jets, S&T Landscape Services, Discover Kalamazoo and One Well Brewing.
Daily activities include open cockpits, exploration stations, aircraft tours and crew-led panel discussions.
It's Kids Day! Ask an Air Zoo team member for an activity sheet to complete for a special prize!
1pm | Join us in the event space by the Blackbird's nose. The mission - your child will engineer their own paper plane. If it qualifies in round one, they may get to compete with an SR-71 crew member!
9-11am | Exploration Stations
10:30am-12pm | Breaking World Records: The SR-71's Need for Speed with Q&A, Panel Moderator: Al Joersz
12:30-1:30pm | 360 SR-71 A Model Cockpit Tour with Jerry Glasser & Doug Soifer
1-3pm | Exploration Stations
2-3:30pm | The SR-71 Experience Pod Discussions
Join us for an intimate night with the pilots, trainers, RSOs and crew members who made history flying in or working on the world's fastest plane! The night will include hearty appetizers, adult beverages, mingling, breakout sessions, aircraft tours with guest speakers and for some, a seat and private tour in one of the two Blackbird cockpits.
Members Only Morning: Coffee with the Crew
12-2pm | Exploration Stations
1-2:30pm | Stealth Legends and Legacies with Q&A, Panel Moderator: Tom Danielson
2-4pm | Exploration Stations
3-4pm | 360 SR-71 A Model Cockpit Tour with Jerry Glasser & Doug Soifer
Educational & Group Tours - TBD
1-2:30pm | The SR-71 Experience, Stealth Legends and Legacies with Q&A, Panel Moderator: Stormy Boudreaux
Mike Zimmerman (Lt. Col. USAF Ret.) was the program manager in charge of the SR-71 Reactivation from 1994 – 1999. He was responsible for the reactivation of 3 SR-71s, spare parts, sensors, defensive systems, KC-135T capability, simulator, worldwide fuel deployment, worldwide datalink and other system-wide upgrades.