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Air Zoo Commemorates 75th Anniversary of D-Day Invasion with Exhibit Opening, Special B-17 Visit, and Reenactment Group May 31- June2

The Air Zoo is proud to announce that their newest exhibit, D-Day 75: En Route by Plane and Parachute opens to the public this Thursday, May 30th. Beginning Friday, May 31st, in addition to this new exhibit, guests of the Air Zoo will have the opportunity to meet and interact with a local reenactment troop known as the 101st Airborne, and witness firsthand “Yankee Lady,” the Yankee Air Museum’s pristinely restored Boeing B-17. Tours and flights will be available for purchase through Yankee Air Museum. Details below.

EXHIBITS

Exhibit: D-Day 75: En Route by Plane and Parachute – Opens May 30th
The Allied invasion of northern France on June 6, 1944—the largest seaborne invasion in world history—required air power and air defense for success. As America reflects on the 75th anniversary of D-Day this year, the Air Zoo presents an exhibition which explores the invasion through the lens of all things air in a special exhibit that will open to the public on Thursday, May 30th.

Visitors will see D-Day through the eyes of POWs, glider pilot Darlyle Watters and paratrooper George Rosie, and through artifacts from the Air Zoo’s collection, including aircraft in the Flight Innovation Center, such as the P-47 Thunderbolt, C-47 Skytrain, and WACO CG-4A. Local and Michigan-based companies who supported air power and defense will be featured, such as Gibson Guitars. Visitors will leave aware of how essential pilots, planes, and parachutes were to Allied success.

EXTRAS

B-17 “Yankee Lady” – May 31st– June 2nd

The Yankee Air Museum will offer Air Adventures on board the pristine Boeing B-17G “Yankee Lady” for $450.00 per person during its appearance at the Air Zoo.  These 25-minute rides provide a person with a multi-sensory, immersive experience in the type of World War II aircraft commonly called a Flying Fortress. Upon reaching a cruising speed of 150mph at an altitude of 1200 feet passengers will be able to move to several positions in the Fort, including the Plexiglas nose, flight deck, bomb bay, radio room and waist gunnery section.

Air Zoo visitors can also purchase tours of this mighty plane for $8/adult and just $3/per child age 6-15. To schedule a flight on the Yankee Lady, visit www.yankeeairmuseum.org/fly.   Weekend schedule can be found here: https://www.airzoo.org/events-at-the-air-zoo/event/b-17visit

101st Airborne (Dog Company Reenactment Unit) Visit the Air Zoo – May 31st & June 1st

Visitors will be immersed in the era as the 101st Airborne will be on site, in full dress and toting artifacts, Friday, May 31st and Saturday, June 1st! The 101st Airborne is a platoon sized unit whose 13 veteran members (currently) from Kalamazoo, Metro Detroit, and Ohio serve(d) in the US Army, US Coast Guard, Marine Corps, and Michigan National Guard.  They portray Dog Company from the second battalion of the 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment and along with Easy Company and Fox company have 80 members between the East Coast and Michigan!

Waldo Wright’s Flying Service back for the summer!

The Air Zoo and Waldo Wright’s Flying Service excitedly partnering once again to offer guests unique, once-in-a-lifetime, barnstorming flight experiences! Waldo’s open-cockpit New Standard D-25 biplane seats four and is open to all ages. New Standard D-25 flights run $69.95/person (plus tax and fuel surcharge) for a 15-minute flight experience. Reservations accepted for 2 or more passengers; no aerobatics.

For those with dreams of piloting a vintage biplane, Waldo’s Stearman experience will make their dreams a reality! New pilots will participate in 6-8 introductory maneuvers of WWII cadet training and take the controls as they zip across the sky with Waldo! Flights run $229 plus tax and fuel surcharge – guests will experience a 30-minute hands-on flight; again, no aerobatics. Reservations required.