Air Zoo to offer Open Cockpits in February

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — ‘Look but don’t touch’ is usually the mantra of museums, but not at the Air Zoo. During the whole month of February, visitors will be able to experience aircraft from a different point of view—the cockpit.

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Museum slates Open Cockpit Day

The New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, Conn. will hold its next Open Cockpit Day on Sunday, Jan. 20. On that day, visitors will be permitted to climb into the cockpits of up to 10 vintage aircraft, a full-motion flight simulator and two static flight simulators. Among the aircraft to be open is a North American F-100 Super Sabre, a DC-3 airliner and the museum’s newly refurbished U.S. Navy SH-2F Kaman Seasprite helicopter (pictured below).

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Air Zoo names Volunteer of the Year

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Air Zoo recently honored volunteer Richard “Rick” Cahow with the 2012 Volunteer of the Year Award. Cahow, 64, of Portage, began volunteering at the Air Zoo in 1979, helping in a variety of areas.

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Air Zoo adds Mini-Max to its collection

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — The Air Zoo is now home to a new plane — an 1100 R Mini-Max.

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Aviation art and a higher calling

SEATTLE — On Dec. 8, renowned portrait and aviation artist John Shaw will share his thoughts about his craft, World War II aviation and the stories that inspire his paintings. Joining Shaw is aviation historian Larry Chambers. This unique program will blend tales of the war’s heroism with recent stories about the peace time heroics of Angel Flight West, a nonprofit, volunteer-driven organization that arranges free, non-emergency air travel for children and adults with serious medical conditions and other compelling needs.

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Santa to land at the Air Zoo

KALAMAZOO, Mich. — Santa is scheduled to land at the Air Zoo, Saturday, Dec. 1. In addition to welcoming Santa from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., the Air Zoo is also offering a special holiday promotion. When guests purchase a SkySpace Kids Club or supporting Air Zoo membership on Dec. 1, they’ll receive a free gift (while supplies last).

Historic hangar to be saved by museum

STRATFORD, Conn. — Members of the Connecticut Air & Space Center Museum have begun the process of cleaning and restoring the historic Curtiss Hangar at Sikorsky Memorial Airport. [Read more...]

Pacific Aviation Museum to dedicate F-5A fighter

HONOLULU — Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor will dedicate its Northrop F-5A Freedom Fighter on Monday, Nov.  12. The 4 p.m. dedication ceremony will take place at the Museum on Historic Ford Island.

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Radio-controlled model aviation exhibit at Museum of Flight

SEATTLE — On Nov. 4, the Marymoor Radio Control Club presents an exhibition of flyable RC aircraft at The Museum of Flight.

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Museum receives $100,000 gift

The International Women’s Air & Space Museum in Cleveland, Ohio, has received a $100,000 gift from the Dorothy E. Ebersbach Revocable Trust.

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