SMAM Aviation Adventure Auction Items

Pick your dream flight and make a bid to help support the Selfridge Military Air Museum (SMAM).

Our mission is to advance aviation through education and first-hand experience with aircraft from all eras of military flight. In addition to the actual aircraft on the grounds, SMAM offers insights into historic aviation events through displays within the museum. More About SMAM >

As an added plus, SMAM is a 501c3 charity, so your winning bid is tax-deductible.

Bidding Begins at 18:00 hrs. on July 30, 2021

Bidding Ends at 18:00 hrs. on August 6, 2021

What you should know before you make a bid:

Once bidding commences before placing a bid you will be required to complete the Statement of Understanding below and Register with our website.

All bidders must be 18 yrs of age or older. Winning bidders will be provided the contact information for each donor in order to coordinate the date and location where the flight is to take place. The winning bidder must be physically able to participate in each flight experience. The winning bidder will be required to complete appropriate documents releasing the pilot, owner of the aircraft, The Selfridge Military Air Museum, and its officers from any liability in participating in this auction. Flights in each of these aircraft are subject to pilot and aircraft availability and weather conditions. Failure to comply with any of these requirements can lead to forfeiture of the prize and re-assignment to the next highest bidder.

Aviation Education Center & Hanger

All Proceeds from The Aviation Adventure Auction will be dedicated to the construction of an Aviation Education Center and Hanger and the ongoing restoration of a Goodyear Manufactured FG-1D Corsair fighter of WW II fame. This center will be a place where students and like-minded individuals can learn about the science and technologies that evolved from the aerospace programs.

The new Hanger and Aviation Education Center is just one element of the rebranding and facilities upgrade effort we are making here at the Selfridge Military Air Museum as we move forward with our vision for 2021.

Goodyear Airship Ride

Now is your chance to experience what very few people will ever be able to in their life time, a flight for two in the Goodyear Airship.  Take this magnificent journey in one of only 3 airships currently flying in the United States.

P-51D Mustang "Gentleman Jim" Ride

No words can describe the thrill of flying in a P-51D Mustang. This legendary aircraft gained fame in WW II by taming the mighty German Luftwaffe and blunted its attacks against the USAAF bombing campaign against the Third Reich.

Lockheed T-33 Jet Trainer Ride

Do you feel ‘The Need for Speed? Do something that very few people are able to brag about, flying in the iconic Lockheed T-33 jet trainer. The aircraft that taught so many fighter pilots the skills needed to fly the advanced jet fighters of the 1950s and ’60s is now ready for you to experience the thrill of a lifetime.

B-17 Yankee Lady Ride

What can one say about the thrill of taking a flight in this historic warbird? The Yankee Air Museum’s iconic B-17 ‘Yankee Lady’ provides the aviation buff the thrill of flying in the legendary aircraft.

Curtis JN-4 "Jenny" Ride

An extremely rare opportunity to fly in this legend of early aviation. An authentic Curtis Aircraft Company produced JN-4 ‘Jenny’ of WW I and post-war fame.

T-6 Texan Ride

Now is your chance to take a flight in the iconic AT-6 ‘Texan’ advanced trainer of WW II fame.  This aircraft was the high-speed, high-performance trainer flown by every pilot in WW II and beyond.

F-100 Super Sabre Ride

It’s the closest thing to a Top Gun flight the average Joe will ever get. Climb aboard an F-100F two-seat Super Sabre for a flight adventure you can’t get anywhere else.

M-4 Sherman Tank Driving Experience

Ever thought of driving a WW II era Sherman Tank? Now you can with the addition of the ‘Sherman Tank Driving Experience’ to the Air Adventure Auction. 

Detroit Aerial Tour

A personal aerial tour for two of Detroit. This romantic adventure will fly above Motor City’s major landmarks.

All proceeds will go to the Selfridge Military Air Museum to further their mission.

The Selfridge Military Air Museum is a non-profit, 501c3 organization dedicated to the preservation of the history of the men and women who served at one of America’s oldest military flying installations. Founded in 1917, Selfridge has been home to some of the United States’ outstanding aviation pioneers. Carl Spaatz, Curtis LeMay, Charles Lindberg, and Ralph Royce are but some of the USAF’s outstanding leaders who have spent parts of their career at Selfridge.

Today, Selfridge is the only Air National Guard Base that operates its own aerodrome and supports two ANG flying units, the 107th Fighter Squadron and the 171st Aerial Refueling Squadron of the Michigan Air National Guard.

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