News

Air Zoo to Host Special Weekend of SR-71 Blackbird Activities & Events – October 4-6

The Air Zoo is excited to release details surrounding the highly anticipated SR-71 Spy-Posium events being held October 4-6 at the Flight Innovation Center, their Portage Rd. location.  An outline of the weekend’s schedule is now available on line for the public.  Additional details and announcements will be made public as they become available.

SR-71 Spy-Posium | October 4-6

For the first time ever, the Air Zoo is opening the cockpits to the world’s only remaining SR-71B Blackbird for public viewing! Get first-hand accounts of what makes the Blackbird tick – straight from the mouths of former SR-71 pilots and crew members.  Learn exciting facts about the spyplane that has captured high-resolution images from over 80,000 feet and flown more than three times the speed of sound. Listen to engaging panel discussions, participate in the informative Q&A sessions, and check out specially displayed Blackbird artifacts from our collection!  Advanced online admission purchase suggested to avoid lines. and guarantee entrance.

Information is also available at airzoo.org/sr-71-spy-posium

The Air Zoo is pleased to announce the tickets to their special evening event and fundraiser, aptly named Blackbird Affair, will officially go on sale Friday, August 23, 2019 at 10am EST.  The event will be held on Saturday, October 5th from 5:30-10pm. Only 200 tickets will be made available for purchase. 50 tickets will be sold for $250 and will guarantee a seat in, and a personal tour of, one of the two cockpits. The remaining 150 tickets will be sold for $100 each and these attendees will have the opportunity to win a seat in a cockpit as well, through several raffle drawings to be held that evening.  Raffle tickets will be sold for $20 each. All attendees will enjoy hearty appetizers, private tours of the aircraft and the option to mingle and interact with the former crew members. A cash bar will be available for guests 21 and up. Details below and online at airzoo.org/sr-71-spy-posium

October 4 | 9am-5pm

Cockpits will be open to the public and former crew members will be on hand to answer questions from 1-5pm.
The morning will consist of special panel discussions for registered school groups. 

October 5 | 9am-5pm

Artifact and education stations as well as scheduled panel discussions and mini tours with former crew members will be available to visitors all day.

Educational Floor Show   |  9:40am

Panel 1 with Q&A  |  10-11:30am

360 Cockpit Discussion with Jerry Glasser  |  11:40-12:40pm

Educational Floor Show   |  1pm

Panel 2 with Q&A  |  1:30-3pm

Photo Opportunity with Blackbird Crew Members! |  3-4pm

Special Event!

Blackbird Affair | 5:30-10pm 

This is a private, ticketed event. Tickets will go on sale, Friday, August 23rd at 10am.

Plan to reserve seat(s) beginning Friday August 23rd at 10am for an incredible opportunity to get up close and personal with the Air Zoo’s SR-71 Blackbird as well as a dozen former SR-71 crew members that have fascinating stories and fun facts to share. The evening will include hearty appetizers, a cash bar and focused breakout sessions with our plane’s former crew members. Some lucky attendees will also have the chance to sit in one of the cockpits! Get up close and personal with the world’s fastest plane! Tickets for the evening are $250 to secure a seat in the SR-71 (limited to 50 people) or $100 for general admission with the opportunity to win a seat in the Blackbird.

Total attendance is limited to 200.

October 6 | 10am-5pm

Special Air Zoo Members Only Hour  |  9am-10am  Members receive early entry into the museum and have the opportunity to meet crew members and view the cockpits.

Artifact and education stations as well as scheduled panel discussions and mini tours with former crew members will be available to visitors all day.

Educational Floor Show   |  10:30am

Panel 1 with Q&A  |  11-12:30pm

360 Cockpit Discussion with Jerry Glasser  |  12:40-1:40pm

Educational Floor Show   |  2pm

Panel 2 with Q&A  |  2:30-4pm

Special SR-71 Spy-Posium guests and speakers to include:

Buz Carpenter – SR-71 Instructor Pilot

Donald Campbell, CM – SR-71 Maintenance Superintendent & Crew Chief

Floyd Jones, Msgt. Ret USAF – Quality Control Supervisor & Field Service Engineer

Jerry Glasser – SR-71 Instructor Pilot & Director of Simulator and Aircraft Systems Training

Lewis A. Sulzle – Chief Master Sergeant (Ret) United States Air Force, Systems Engineer, Senior  Staff, (Ret) Lockheed Martin Aeronautics      Company

Mike Relja – CM – Flight Test Project Administrative Officer & Quality Assurance Specialist / NASA  Quality Assurance Group Lead

Stormy Boudreaux – SR-71 Pilot

Stephen Justice –  Lockheed Skunk Works Historian and Senior Engineer

John Murphy –  SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Officer Instructor

John Mamzi –  SR-71 Reconnaissance Systems Officer

Dave Burns Msgt – SR-71 Crew Chief and Crew Chief on aircraft 956 – The Air Zoo Trainer