by Jill P 

Air Zoo guests have the opportunity to “climb behind the stick” of some of the most famous aircraft in history.

Each Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, Air Zoo guests will have the amazing opportunity to “climb behind the stick” and get a true “pilot’s eye” view of some of the most famous aircraft in history. This rare experience allows Air Zoo guests to gain a unique perspective of what pilots may have seen and felt while piloting these amazing machines.

“We are pleased to offer visitors the rare opportunity to be up close and personal with some of our country’s most historic aircraft,” says Troy Thrash, Air Zoo president and CEO. “The Air Zoo’s open cockpit program has always been one of our visitors’ favorite experiences and we’re proud to offer it for an entire month.”

The Air Zoo’s open cockpit experience is FREE with paid general admission and offers great photo opportunities.

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(photo courtesy of the Air Zoo)

Featured Aircraft

In addition to the aircraft below, the F-86 Sabre jet fighter, one of the last true “gunfighters” before dawn of air to air missiles, will be open each weekend at the Air Zoo’s East Campus.

February 5, 6, 7Grumman Mallard – Take a rare, “behind the stick” glimpse of this luxurious, vintage seaplane! Don Draper would have been a big fan of this well-appointed world traveler.

Feb. 12, 13, 14Grumman FM-2 Wildcat – Considered one of the most effective fighters of World War II! Get behind the controls of this amazing machine!


Feb. 19, 20, 21Boeing-Stearman N2S-5 Kaydet – This bright yellow trainer was usually the first aircraft aspiring World War II pilots learned to fly. Get a unique view of this historic, open-cockpit biplane!

Feb. 26, 27, 28Republic P-47D Thunderbolt – Nicknamed the “Jug”, the P-47 was a favorite of World War II pilots due to its ability to stay in the sky after absorbing incredible amounts of battle-damage.

Due to the varying engineering and design elements, a weight restriction of 250 pounds is placed on each aircraft. Visitors must also have the ability to enter and exit the aircraft unassisted. Children wishing to sit in the aircraft must be supervised by their parents/guardians.







By | 2016-02-04T15:02:09+00:00 February 3rd, 2016|Categories: Around Kalamazoo, Kids, Newly Published|Comments Off on February is “Open Cockpit” Month at the Air Zoo!

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Jill is a mom of a busy 9 year old son. When not working the website, Jill likes to hike, cook, and read in her free time.