SELFRIDGE MILITARY AIR MUSEUM
Over the winter months, the team of volunteers have been busy 'freshening up' our display in the museum and in the SPAD Hangar. So visit us soon and check out our changes!
The museum displays will take you on a winding path through aviation history from the early 1900s, through World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and then into the period of time known as "The Cold War". Our display wraps up near the doors to the air park (north side of building) with the display on Desert Shield, Desert Storm, and Afghanistan.
This display is on temporary loan to the museum by Patrick Kopytek, Museum Volunteer, who created it. It displays Pearl Harbor, Hawaii at the time of the attack by Japanese forces on the morning of Sunday, 7 December 1941, "A Day that will live in Infamy".
Halfway through the interior museum displays, take a detour into the "Flight Training Room". Climb into and relax in the comfort of an F-16 or A-7 Cockpit. Put on the helmets provided, and imagine that you're 'flying the aircraft'! On display in the back of the room is a 'working model' of the 1930s Link Trainer, originally designed and built by Edwin A. Link. This trainer was developed as a means for pilots to learn the feel and functions of flying without actually getting into an airplane. A video has been prepared and can be viewed in the "Flight Training Room" showing the Link Trainer in operation.
At the beginning of the 'museum tour' there is a display case dedicated to the Museum's Founding Director, Col. Robert A. Stone. Stop by the display case and read the brief history on the Museum's founder. Colonel Stone originally enlisted as a Private in the Michigan National Guard in 1940 and served with the 107th Observation Squadron. In 1946, Colonel Stone re-enlisted in the Michigan Air National Guard where he received a commission to Second Lieutenant and eventually retired as a full Colonel in 1978.
This newer display of a female U.S. Marine Corps Enlisted uniform (pictured at right) was added mid-2016. It is located in the museum near the M151A1 ''Mutt" and with the U.S. Marine Corps display.
Pictured at left is a newer display added in 2016 of a U.S. Coast Guard officer. This display stands near the other Coast Guard display case in the museum located by the M151A1 "Mutt".
This is the final display area before exiting the museum to the air park. It includes a Russian Drone, the U.S. Navy Patrol Squadron 93 display, the U.S. Coast Guard Display, and much more.