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Selfridge Air National Guard Base is one of the oldest continuously operating military airfields in the nation. The Michigan National Guard took possession of the former Joy Aviation Field on July 1, 1917. The first flight on what was then called Selfridge Field took place on July 8, 1917. The base has been in continuous use ever since. In 2017, it will mark 100 years of service. 

The 127th Wing of the Michigan Air National Guard is the host unit at Selfridge. The Wing's 107th Fighter Squadron traces its history to two key dates: an original organization as the 107th Aero Squadron on Aug. 27, 1917. That unit was disbanded following World War I and then reorganized as the 107th Observation Squadron on May 7, 1926, after beginning initial meetings in the summer of 1925. The Wing's 171st Air Refueling Squadron was first created as the 374th Fighter Squadron in 1943, during World War II. The modern configuration of the 127th Wing was created in 1996 by the merger of the 127th Fighter Wing and the 191st Airlift Group. 

HISTORY & HERITAGE: Selfridge Air National Guard Base

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ang: A Short Story

The Air National Guard as we know it today -- a separate reserve component of the United States Air Force -- was a product of the politics of postwar planning and interservice rivalry during World War II. The men who planned and maneuvered for an independent postwar Air Force during World War II didn't place much faith in the reserves, especially the state-dominated National Guard. 

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History of the ANG

Navy Reserve

     In 2015, Detroit area Sailors celebrated the 100th anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Naval Reserve.  The Navy's history in the Detroit region goes back many years before that, however, with the creation of the Michigan Naval Militia - a sort of Michigan Navy National Guard - that was established in 1893.
     Over the ensuing decades, Reserve Sailors from Detroit and around the state of Michigan have supported the fleet and nation in peace and at war.
     The Navy first arrived at Selfridge Field in 1927, but operated at the base only briefly before re-locating to Grosse Ile in the Detroit River. The Navy returned to Selfridge with the closing of Naval Air Station Grosse Ile in 1969.
          The attached 36-page booklet, Detroit's Navy, provides an overview of the history of the Navy in Detroit, along with some information on local U.S. Marine Corps Reserve operations. The booklet includes details and photos of the seven ships - including three submarines - that were homeported in Detroit and operated by the USNR over the years.

Selfridge Air Museum

Selfridge Military Air Museum
2733 C Street
Selfridge ANGB, MI 48045
(586) 239-6768

2020 Operating Season
May 16 through October
Sat-Sun 12p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Open Memorial Day & Independence Day

$5 Adults (13 years +)
$4 Seniors & Military
$3 Children (5-12 years)
Free Children (<4 years )

     In 1975, the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association (MAGHA) and the Selfridge Military Air Museum were formed by a group of Air National Guard officers and enlisted personnel. The Museum's mission is to help preserve the heritage and traditions of the Michigan Air National Guard, Selfridge Air National Guard Base and the units stationed here, both past and present. More than $7 million worth of aircraft displays await visitors to the museum.

Air park includes (40 displays):

  • C-130 Hercules
  • P-3 Orion
  • TF-102A 'Delta Dagger'
  • T-6 "Texan" and more!

Air Park Display Index

Indoor displays include

  • SPAD XIII (full-scale replica)
  • Wright Flyer (3/4 scale replica) 
  • Interactive cutaway & motorized WWII aircraft engine
  • Interactive Air Traffic Control radar display;
  • Gallery of original aviation art 
  • Korean War-era "Jeep",
  • Four aircraft cockpit trainers and more!


Selfridge Responds to Sept. 11, 2001

Selfridge 9-11 Facts & Comments

Selfridge Pilots Recall Sept. 11

These two booklets highlight the combat operations of the units of the Michigan Air National Guard from World War I, shortly after the dawn of American military aviation, through the year 2013.
     This first booklet features 20 pages of text and photos and covers World War I, World War II and the Korean War.

     The second booklet picks up after the Korean War, and offers 28 pages of text and photos on operations on Sept. 11, 2001, as well as in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The Michigan Air National Guard at War: A Combat History, 1917-1953.

The Michigan Air National Guard at War: A Combat History, 1954-2013.

The following link is a text only version of the Michigan ANG's combat history, 1917-2013.

The Michigan ANG at War: A Combat History, 1917-2013 (text only)

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.