Selfridge Military Air Museum Opens For Season

SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. -- Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently announced their 2013 general public hours of operation for their Museum and Air Park as 12:00 noon to 4:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, from April 6 through October 27. The Museum and Air Park can also be opened by appointment at other times throughout the year by calling 586-239-5035.

Visitors to the museum will see their almost $6 million worth of displays including a full-scale historically accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane, the SPAD XIII; an interactive cutaway and motorized World War II aircraft engine; an interactive Air Traffic Control radar display; an extensive display of original aviation art produced by noted aviation artists; a Korean War-era "Jeep"; and three aircraft cockpit trainers: a modern F-16 "Fighting Falcon," a Vietnam-era A-7 "Corsair II," and a World War II LINK trainer that guests can actually sit inside. Other exhibits include a wide variety of military memorabilia including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models, and photographs spanning the over 96-year history of the base.

New displays for 2013 include an F-89C "Scorpion", a C-130E "Hercules", and an A-10A "Thunderbolt II" in the outdoor Air Park. A ¾ scale historically-accurate model of the original "Wright Flyer" will soon be on display in their "Spad Hangar."

The Air Park now contains 32 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I to the present day plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. The large C-130A "Hercules" and P-3 "Orion" aircraft in the Air Park can be opened up to visitors when weather and the availability of docents permit. Photographs of the interior and exterior displays are permitted for private non-commercial use only.

The Museum and Air Park is located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base, accessible by vehicle only through the Main Gate at the intersection of M-59 and Jefferson Avenue. For security reasons, guests arriving in a private vehicle that is being driven by someone without a valid Government identification card must register for a Visitor's Pass at the Base's Main Gate. A current and valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicular insurance will be required to obtain a Visitor's Pass.

The Selfridge Military Air Museum is a private non-profit organization located on a military installation that is staffed entirely by volunteers and receives no federal or state funding for the operation and maintenance of its facilities and displays. Admission is $4 per guest over the age of 12 and $3 for children between 4 and 12 years of age. There is a minimum admission of $25 for all by-appointment tours.

Further information on the Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park can be found on their website (www.selfridgeairmuseum.org), by mail (Selfridge Military Air Museum, 27333 C St, Bldg 1011, Selfridge ANGB MI 48045), or by phone (586-239-5035).