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The Lockheed SR-71B at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo

Introduction 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 fastest and stealthiest spy plane there ever was. This…

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Wurtsmith Air Force Base, a brief history and life on post

Wurtsmith 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. If a banker had not taken Lt. Whitehead on a…

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Fort McCoy, WI: Cuban Resettlement 1980

From 15 April to 31 October 1980, hordes of refugees crossed the US border by sea, these were called “The Freedom Flotilla.” What many Midwesterners thought would never affect them became a stark reality for those in Monroe Country, Wisconsin.…

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Russell Military Museum

While 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 at this military museum that include tanks, jeeps, fixed-wing aircraft,…

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USS Defender (MCM-2)

The USS Defender (MCM-2) was a naval Avenger-class mine countermeasures ship constructed at Marinette Mariner Corp. In Marinette Wisconsin.  The USS Defender was the second of 14 new Avenger class mine countermeasures ships designed to be used as ocean minesweepers…

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B-52D Bomber Model 55-0062

B-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 Air Commands inventory in February 1957. It was initially assigned to…

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Crew E180 Memorial at KI Sawyer

The Crew E180 memorial was established to commemorate crew members who were stationed at KI Sawyer that lost their lives after an accident at Dyess AFB in Texas in January 1989. This memorial consists of a boulder with a plaque…

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Alpena Combat Readiness Training Center

The Combat Readiness Training Center in Alpena Michigan was first established in 1940. This installation was not always a base, however, as it was originally home to an airport, which was built in 1931. The name of the installation has changed…

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Peterson Building, Inc. Minesweepers

Peterson Builders, Inc. was considered “the builders of minesweepers of the world.” Being a shipyard that was able to build a ship out of many materials, Peterson Builders, Inc. (PBI) was known as one of the most versatile shipyards in…

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The Strategic Air Command K. I. Sawyer Air Force

The Strategic Air Command served as a major part of the nuclear deterrent against the Soviet Union and as the striking force for the United States for almost five decades. With many different units and squadrons stationed around the globe,…

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