Mark Renegar, of Melbourne, Australia, tours the “Selfridge Air National Guard Base: The First 100 Years” exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. The exhibit will be open to the public through Jan. 7, 2018.

Mark Renegar, of Melbourne, Australia, tours the “Selfridge Air National Guard Base: The First 100 Years” exhibit at the Detroit Historical Museum. The exhibit will be open to the public through Jan. 7, 2018.

Photo by Sean Work


Detroit exhibit celebrates 100 years of Selfridge

By: Julie Snyder | C&G Newspapers | Published October 26, 2017

 This V-1650 Merlin engine, used in the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is on display at exhibit.

This V-1650 Merlin engine, used in the P-51 Mustang fighter plane, is on display at exhibit.

Photo by Sean Work

DETROIT —  To commemorate the military base’s centennial celebration this year, the Detroit Historical Museum has opened the “Selfridge Air National Guard Base: The First 100 Years” exhibit in its community gallery.

The display — the result of a collaboration between the Detroit Historical Society, the Selfridge Military Air Museum and the 127th Wing — provides another opportunity for the public to check out artifacts and historical photos depicting the last century of military aviation.

The exhibit will be open to the public through Jan. 7, 2018.

Brig. Gen. John Slocum, commander of the 127th Wing, said members of the Michigan Air Guard Historical Association work hard to make the Selfridge Air Museum what it is. A large number of the indoor pieces from the museum are featured in the Detroit exhibit.

“There’s plenty of memorabilia to see in the exhibit,” he said. “It shows the rich heritage of Selfridge and its 100 years in Macomb County.”

Selfridge was established on July 1, 1917, as America prepared to enter World War I. Since then, thousands of airmen, soldiers, sailors, Marines, Coast Guardsmen, Homeland Security agents and other public servants have been assigned to the base.

The Detroit Historical Museum is located at 5401 Woodward Ave. in the Detroit Cultural Center. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

For more information, visit www.detroithistorical.org/Detroit-historical-museum.

For information about the 127th Wing or the Selfridge Air Museum, visit www.127wg.ang.af.mil or SelfridgeAirMuseum.org. The Selfridge Air Museum closed for the season on Oct. 29.