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April 11, 2013

Selfridge Military Air Museum opens for season

By Julie Snyder
C & G Staff Writer

HARRISON TOWNSHIP — Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently announced their 2013 general public hours of operation for their Museum and Air Park located on Selfridge Air National Guard Base in Harrison Township.

Hours of the Museum and Air Park are noon to 4:30 p.m. on Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, through Oct. 27. 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 $6 million 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; 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 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. Other exhibits include a wide variety of military memorabilia, including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models, and photographs spanning the more than  96-year history of the base.

New displays for 2013 include an F-89C “Scorpion,” a C-130E “Hercules” and an A-10A “Thunderbolt II” in the outdoor Air Park. A large-scale historically-accurate model of the original “Wright Flyer” will soon be on display in their “Spad Hangar.”

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 Main Gate. A current and valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicular insurance will be required to obtain a Visitor’s Pass. Admission is $4 per guest older than 12 and $3 for children between 4 and 12 years of age. There is a minimum admission of $25 for all by-appointment tours.

For more information, go to www.selfridgeairmuseum.org, or call (586) 239-5035.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Julie Snyder at jsnyder@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1039.