Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame Class of 2009 enshrined

On Saturday, April 18, four men with Michigan connections will be enshrined in the Air Zoo’s Michigan Aviation Hall of Fame.

In the same ceremony, Duncan Aviation will be presented with the “Spirit of Flight” award, which highlights the outstanding achievements of aviation/space organizations. From a small Beechcraft distributorship in the 1950s to providing avionics services in reputable maintenance facilities and more than 1 million square feet of hangar space, Duncan Aviation has helped shape the aviation industry.

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Air Zoo to offer flights this summer

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stearman-blue_aThis summer, the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Mich., will offer flights -courtesy of Waldo Wright’s Flying Service – in a rare 1929 New Standard D-25 biplane and a PT-17 Boeing Stearman (pictured).

Advance gift certificates for these flights, which will be flown from June 11 through Sept. 8, are now available for purchase.

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Get your hands on the controls of the Air Zoo’s World War II fighters

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“Look but don’t touch” is usually the mantra of museums – but not at the Air Zoo.

During the month of February, visitors to the aviation museum in Kalamazoo, Mich., will be able to experience a different view of aircraft…from the cockpit.

Each weekend during the month of February, three cockpits will be open to the public, including World War II primary trainers (PT-22, PT-23 and Stearman) and World War II fighters (P-47, P-39 and Hispano Buchon). During the first and third weekends, local Navy sailors will be on hand to assist visitors. Air Zoo volunteers will be available during all weekends to answer any questions about the aircraft and their history.

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