News: Selfridge Museum announces 2014 schedule
Story by Tech. Sgt. Daniel Heaton
SELFRIDGE AIR NATIONAL GUARD BASE, Mich. - Selfridge Military Air Museum officials recently announced their 2014 general public hours of operation for their Museum and Air Park as noon to 4:30 pm on Saturdays, Sundays, Independence Day and Memorial Day, from April 5 through October 26. The Air Museum and Air Park will be closed during the 2014 Selfridge Air Show on September 6 and 7 due to traffic flow considerations. 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 their over $7 million worth of displays including a full-scale historically accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane, the SPAD XIII, a three-fourths-scale historically accurate replica of the Wright Brothers first aircraft, the Wright Flyer", 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 four aircraft cockpit trainers: a modern F-16 "Fighting Falcon", a Vietnam-era A-7 "Corsair II", a World War II LINK trainer that guests can actually sit inside, and a functional LINK trainer that can be operated only by appointment and by qualified individuals. Museum displays show a wide variety of military memorabilia including weapons, aircraft engines, military uniforms, military aircraft models, and photographs spanning the almost 100-year history of the base. The Air Park contains 33 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I to the present day plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles. Two new aircraft were brought into the Air Park recently: an F-89 "Scorpion" and a T-6 "Texan" scheduled to be displayed in the summer of 2014. The large C-130A "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 military identification card must register for a Visitor's Pass at the Base's Main Gate and be subjected to a background check. A current and valid driver's license, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicular insurance will be required to comply with these requirements.
The Selfridge Military Air Museum is a private non-profit organization located on a military installation that is staffed entirely by volunteers and receives no federal or state funding for the operation and maintenance of its facilities and displays. Admission is $4.00 per guest over the age of 12 and $3.00 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 (email@example.com).
Comprised of approximately 1,700 personnel and flying both the A-10 Thunderbolt II and the KC-135 Stratotanker, the 127th Wing supports Air Mobility Command, Air Combat Command and Air Force Special Operation Command by providing highly-skilled Airmen to missions domestically and overseas. The 127th Wing is the host unit at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which marks its 97th year of continuous military air operations in 2014.