Detroit's Navy: A brief history of the U.S. Naval Reserve and the Michigan Naval Militia in southeast Michigan.
Through the early years of U.S. military aviation, the official publication Air Service (later Air Corps) Newsletter tracked the events large and small that impacted the small community of uniformed American Airmen. Through the pages of this publication, one is able to track the history and early development of what was then called Selfridge Field, as well as the units and Airmen who served there. The link below provides a look at what was news at Selfridge Field, through the first dozen years of operations at the base, as reported by Air Service Newsletter.
Click here for a list of aircraft assigned to Selfridge, 1917-2014.
Click here for Selfridge History, 1917-1929.
Click here for high-resolution version of Selfridge History graphic, above.
All three flying squadrons of the Michigan Air National Guard were mobilized during the Korean War, the 107th and 171st fighter squadrons, both operating at the time from what is today Detroit Metro Airport; and the Battle Creek-based 172nd squadron. The two Detroit area squadrons stood up a major pilot training command in Arizona while the Battle Creek unit reported to Selfridge AFB to provide homeland air defense. A Michigan ANG aircraft control & warning squadron was sent to Maine to help protect a vital shipping port. Details on the Michigan ANG's contributions during the Korean era are at the link below.
107th Aero Squadron World War I Overview
The Selfridge Military Air Museum's general public hours are noon - 4:30 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, plus Independence Day and Memorial Day, April 4 - Oct. 31.
The Museum and Air Park can also be opened by appointment at other times throughout the year by calling 586-239-5035 or emailing email@example.com.
New to the museum for 2015 is a fully-restored T-6 Texan, which will join the more than 30 aircraft in the outdoor air park in mid-May. Like all of the aircraft at the museum, the T-6 has a direct Michigan connection. The T-6 was flown by the Michigan Air National Guard from 1946 to 1955. The restored aircraft will be painted in Michigan ANG markings from that time period. The aircraft was restored by the museum's team of volunteers.
More than $7 million worth of aircraft displays await visitors to the museum. Highlights in the air park include a C-130 Hercules and a P-3 Orion, both of which are opened to visitors when weather and volunteer availability permit.
Indoor displays include a full-scale historically accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane, the SPAD XIII; a ¾-scale historically accurate replica of the Wright Brothers first aircraft, the Wright Flyer;" 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 four aircraft cockpit trainers: a modern F-16 "Fighting Falcon," a Vietnam-era A-7 "Corsair II," a World War II LINK trainer that guests can actually sit inside, and a functional LINK trainer that can be operated only by appointment and by qualified individuals.
Museum displays show a wide variety of military memorabilia including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models, and photographs spanning the almost 100-year history of the Base.
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 Visitor's Center or Main Gate and be subjected to a background check. A current and valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicular insurance will be required to comply with these requirements.
The Selfridge Military Air Museum is a private non-profit organization 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 with a minimum donation of $25.00 for all by-appointment tours. Photographs of the interior and exterior displays are permitted for private non-commercial use only.
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), by phone (586-239-5035), or by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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