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World Heritage Air Museum Opens New HQ in Michigan

Airlines & Airports | Donald Wood | August 19, 2015

World Heritage Air Museum Opens New HQ in Michigan

Photo courtesy of The World Heritage Air Museum

The World Heritage Air Museum, an organization dedicated to saving and restoring old military aircraft, announced Monday that it would be opening a new headquarters and flight operations base in Michigan.

In a statement from the World Heritage Air Museum (WHAM), the organization will be moving its headquarters to Oakland County International Airport in Michigan, and will also use a renovated hanger on the property as a flight operations base.

While WHAM is moving its headquarters to Michigan, the organization will still utilize its facilities at the Detroit City Airport for maintenance and restoration projects. The new facility at Oakland County airport will act as the new flight operation center and group tour location.

WHAM board member Tom Proctor released a statement about the move, saying, “We are thrilled to have this new space to expand the mission of WHAM at Oakland Country International Airport. These rare jets are truly spectacular and we hope to be able to continue to expand our fleet as well as encourage aviation interest in today's youth.”

The main principle behind the organization of WHAM was to restore military aircraft from the 1950s, '60s and '70s to the point where they are able to fly once again. The planes are then used to help teach young people about the aircraft and about dreaming big.

The museum’s collection of military planes not only includes jets built in the United States, but also jets constructed and flown by Britain, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Spain, France, Russia and Poland. 

The new renovated hanger at Oakland County airport will house several of the restored classic jets, giving visitors a chance to get an up close and personal look at each of the aircrafts.

For more information on the World Heritage Air Museum, check out the official website.

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