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Grosse Ile Naval Air Station

The 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 air station is relatively unknown it played a major part…

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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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CG-4A WACO Gliders, at the WWII Glider and Military Museum

WACO 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. These gliders were made from a wood or metal frame…

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James H. Flatley Memorial Park

James 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 about the new fighter, the F4F Wildcat.  Born in Green…

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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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Willow Run Rough Start

January 1942 through June 1945, Willow Run served not only as the birthplace for 8,685 B-24 Liberator bombers, but also the airport for their native flight. The industrial installation also stood proudly as one the world’s largest factory at 3.5 million…

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438th Fighter-Interceptor Squadron

Kincheloe Air Force Base (formerly Kinross AFB) was home to the 438th Fighter Interceptor Squadron from April of 1953 until August of 1968.  Kinross’ name was changed to Kincheloe after Captain Iven Kincheloe who was the first pilot to climb…

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The Retrofit of USS Sable

The USS Sable was an aircraft carrier that was used to train pilots and carrier personnel in the Great Lakes region during WWII.  Before the Sable was an aircraft carrier, it began as a luxury ferry that carried passenger through the…

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Oakland County Vietnam Veterans Memorial

The Oakland County Veterans Memorial is a monument in Oakland Country, Michigan honoring those who served in the Armed Forces during the Vietnam era. The focal point of the memorial is the decommissioned Bell UH-1 Iroquois, a model of helicopter…

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Duluth, MN SAGE Direction Center

Located next to Duluth’s International Airport is a building that used to contain one of the Air Force’s primary systems for detecting intruding aircraft during the Cold War. The computer that the building contained was a part of the Semi-Automatic Ground Environment…

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