Selfridge Military Air Museum announces 2010 schedule

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Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently announced their 2010 general public hours of operation for their Museum and Air Park as noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Memorial Day and Independence Day, from April 3rd through October 31st . 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 $5 million worth of displays including a recently built 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 two aircraft cockpits, an F-16 "Fighting Falcon" and A-7 "Corsair II", that guests can actually sit inside, plus 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 28 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I to the present day plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. Two new aircraft will soon be joining them, a C-130E "Hercules" and an A-10A "Thunderbolt II". The large C-130A "Hercules" and P-3 "Orion" aircraft presently 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 that 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 with a minimum donation of $25 for all by-appointment tours.

Further information on the Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park can be found on their website at selfridgeairmuseum.org or by calling 586-239-5035.