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Aircraft

planes, etc.

  • Grosse Ile Naval Air Station Joseph Benjamin05306The Grosse Ile Naval Air Station was, at the time of its operation, located on the southern tip of the island of Grosse Ile in the Detroit River.  Although this ...
  • Raco Army Air Field and the CIM-10 BOMARC Ethan LaytnerIntroduction: August 6th and 9th of 1945 marked a turning in World War II, and while Japan’s official surrender would not be for nearly a month later the very nature of warfare had ...
  • Nike Missile Defense System, Site D-06 Matt DeGrootThe Utica Nike Missile Defense site D-06 was part of the most important defense network in America. That network of Nike Missile ranges was tasked with the protection of the ...
  • 110th Attack Wing Ryan MasakowskiThe Michigan Air National Guard is the 110th Attack Wing and located in Battle Creek, Michigan. As most groups have a rich history of military background from the different squadrons ...
  • The Lockheed SR-71B at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo Allen HarrisonSR-71B 831Introduction This is the Lockheed SR-71B “Blackbird.” It was created in the early 1960’s to replaced the U-2 spy plane (Creating the Blackbird).  It was created with intent to be the ...
  • CG-4A WACO Gliders, at the WWII Glider and Militar… Cole MichaudWACO gliders were first introduced to the battle field of World War II in 1942. These gliders were the most widely used mode of transportation of troops and cargo during WWII. ...
  • Wurtsmith Air Force Base, a brief history and life… Will NortonWurtsmith Air Force Base has been an integral part of the United States Air Force from the 1920’s to June 3rd 1993. The base came to be because of chance. ...
  • C-45 Expeditor Recovered from Lake Ontario Alex FloryFlying on a routine Training trip, the C-45 Expeditor carrying four passengers and a pilot had a malfunction on the left engine as it started to fail. All passengers and ...
  • A Cold War Tragedy: B-52C Crash In January 1971 Derek GhellerOn January 7, 1971 a fireball erupted over the Little Traverse Bay caused by the crash of a Boeing B-52 Model C.  Along with the fireball, a sonic boom carried ...
  • Russell Military Museum Keegan Kroeninghttps://media-cdn.tripadvisor.com/media/photo-s/02/dd/1c/41/russell-military-museum.jpgWhile driving south on US-41 crossing the border from Wisconsin to Illinois, there sits Russell Military Museum which, as they say, is where history comes alive. With over 300 exhibits ...
  • James H. Flatley Memorial Park Will OmbergJames Henry Flatley Jr. was an aviator and tactician in World War II.  A Navy Cross recipient, he was key in passing information and tactics he learned to other aviators ...
  • B-52D Bomber Model 55-0062 Eric KostrevaB-52D Bomber Serial number 55-0062 currently rests at K.I. Sawyer Heritage Air Museum. This bomber flew training missions out of K.I. Sawyer. This aircraft was initially placed into the Strategic ...
  • Recent History of the 107th Fighter Squadron Cameron PotterThe 107th fighter squadron is an Air National Guard unit attached to the 127th wing out of Selfridge Air Base in Mount Clemens, Michigan. They have a long history stretching ...
  • Tech. Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte and the Lady Be Good Nick FisherIn a little town called Lake Linden in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan there lies a monument that holds the propeller of a WWII aircraft. Tech. Sgt. Robert E. LaMotte ...
  • The Closure of K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base Jerry SommerfeldIn 1944, early construction began on an airport in Marquette county in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Its name – K.I. Sawyer Airport.  By July 22, 1949, K.I. Sawyer officially ...