Air Zoo to offer new rides, new exhibit

Starting June 11, visitors to the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Mich., will be able to experience a number of new rides, including the indoor Century of Flight ferris wheel; the Paratrooper Jump, which allows paratroopers-in-training to feel the sensation of weightlessness as they are dropped at random intervals from a height of two stories; and the Corsair Challenge, a simulator that takes passengers on a flight over Southwest Michigan. The Air Zoo will also debut “Fly Me to the Moon” — a new short movie that will play in the upgraded RealD 3D Missions Theater.

The Air Zoo’s 50,000-square-foot expansion will open to the public later this summer. The expansion will feature Space: Dare to Dream, an interactive exhibit. It will also contain the Michigan Space Science Center, an exhibit about women in aviation — including the Women Airforce Service Pilots — and aircraft that were originally housed at the Air Zoo’s East Campus.

In preparation of new rides and attractions, the Air Zoo will be closed June 6-10. It will re-open at 9 a.m. on June 11.

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