Selfridge Air Museum announces opening for the 2009 season

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  • By Lou Nigro
  • Selfridge Military Air Museum
Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently announced their 2009 general public hours of operation for their Museum and Air Park as noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, from April 4th 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 over $4.5 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, extensive display of original aviation art produced by noted aviation artists Paul Wentzel, Sr. and Col. Lloyd Koglin, and a Korean War era "Jeep" and F-16 "Fighting Falcon" cockpit that guests can actually sit inside. The Air Park contains 28 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I to the present plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. The large C-130 "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 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  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.

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 (127airmuseum@miself.ang.af.mil).