In need of a good infusion of aviation, my wife (also a pilot) and I motored to Kalamazoo, Michigan to visit "The Air Zoo
." This wonderful aviation museum offers free admission, and has a great selection of aircraft. But the journey was not just for fun: my lovely wife is a child photographer (her website is Real Kids Photography
), and she consented to help me with learning more about photography. The reason: I plan to start publishing a "Photo of the Week" - photographs of interesting aircraft, photographed in interesting ways. I hope to improve my mediocre photography expertise as I go along.
The Air Zoo has 2 campuses with an interesting collection of aircraft from various periods in aviation. There are the requisite military aircraft, of course, but also some of the more interesting early aircraft like a replica of the "Travel Air Mystery Ship" which was used to set over 200 records for aircraft. At the other end of the scale are a Lockheed SR-71B "Blackbird", a very large, very fast and very interesting aircraft. In addition to the aircraft, the museum has a collection of World War II artifacts and a selection of aero engines. Scattered among the display aircraft were a number of rides for kids of all ages, ranging from a Montgolfier Balloon Race ride for kids to a 3D Space Shuttle Ride to the piece d'resistance: a bank of F-14 full motion flight simulators. It was fun to watch the simulators dive, climb, roll and fly upside down. My wife had to wait and see the "pilots" emerge from one of the simulators after it spent most of its time upside down and diving - we figured they would have a tough time walking, and perhaps leave a "gift" in the cockpit. To our surprise they emerged in fine shape. If you ever get to Kalamazoo I would highly recommend that you visit "The Air Zoo" - we really enjoyed it, and are sure you would too! Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 Science has not yet mastered prophecy. We predict too much for the next year and yet far too little for the next ten. — Neil Armstrong, speech to joint session of Congress, 16 September 1969.
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