Aficionados of military aircraft can rest easy. The Selfridge Military Air Museum and Air Park opens April 1.
You can visit every Saturday and Sunday through October 29 from noon to 4 p.m. as well as on Independence Day and Memorial Day.
If you want to avoid the crowds you can make an appointment to visit by calling 586-239-5035 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Be prepared to spend awhile. With more than $7 million worth of displays, there is much to see including:
- A full-scale historically accurate replica of a World War I fighter plane
- The SPAD XIII
- A ¾-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”
- Four aircraft cockpit trainers: a modern F-16 “Fighting Falcon”, a Vietnam-era A-7 “Corsair II,” a World War II LINK trainer you can actually sit inside, and a functional LINK trainer that can be operated 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 100-year history of the base.
The Air Park also contains 33 full-size vintage military aircraft from World War I to the present day plus an assortment of military vehicles and missiles.
The large C-130A “Hercules” and P-3B “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 is located at the Selfridge Air National Guard Base, which has its main gate at the intersection of M-59 and Jefferson Avenue. A visitor’s pass can be purchased at the base’s Visitor’s Center or main gate. If you come in a private vehicle you will need a valid form of government ID.
You will be subjected to a background check. A current and valid driver’s license, vehicle registration, and proof of vehicular insurance will be required.
If you have any interest in observing the aircraft that keeps or has kept our nation free, there are plenty of opportunities in the next several months to do so.