Selfridge Military Air Museum Opens for Season

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Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently announced their 2011 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 2nd through October 30th. The Air Museum and Air Park will be CLOSED during the 2011 Selfridge Air Show on August 21st and 22nd due to traffic flow considerations during that event. 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 almost $5,000,000 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, a soon-to-be-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. The museum also features a wide variety of military memorabilia including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models, and photographs spanning the over 93-year history of the base.

The Air Park contains 31 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I to the present day, plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. Two new aircraft were brought into the Air Park in 2010, a C-130E "Hercules" and an A-10A "Thunderbolt II". 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 Visitors Center north of the Main Gate or at the Main Gate itself. 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 $4.00 per guest over the age of 12 and $3.00 for children between 4 and 12 years of age with a minimum donation of $25.00 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), by phone (586-239-5035), or by e-mail (127.wg.selfridgeairmuseum@ang.af.mil).

The 127th Wing is a component of the Michigan Air National Guard. For information on the Wing, visit www.127wg.ang.af.mil.