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The Air Zoo, founded as the Kalamazoo Aviation History Museum, is an aviation museum and indoor amusement park adjacent to the Kalamazoo-Battle Creek International Airport (AZO) in Portage, Michigan. Many of its antique planes are airworthy, and you can take a ride on some of them in summer. In addition, you can fly your own airplane to AZO, which is three blocks from the Zoo (no side walk along the road, so they recommend arranging transportation).
The museum was founded by Pete and Suzanne Parish, both former pilots, who were content to leave their airplanes behind and share their enthusiasm about World War II airplanes with people who enjoyed these historic flying machines. The museum became popularly known as the Air Zoo because the collection included a Wildcat, Hellcat, Bearcat and Flying Tiger. It got a Tomcat and a Blackbird later. See more info at http://www.airzoo.org/page.php?menu_id=48

  • Okinew Russia (Private)
    4 years 9 months ago
    Toilet equipment
    Из заявленных 53 открываются только 46. Я думала,только у меня такая проблема.
    • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
      4 years 9 months ago
      А почему к этой фотке коммент? Конкретно эта у меня открывается. А Валя меня послала вот эту ссылочкук почитать для ознакомления с проблемой:  http://journals.fotki.com/fotkicom/fotkiblog/entry/sggdfgdbdrqr/%C2%A0%C2%A0
      • Okinew Russia (Private)
        4 years 9 months ago
        Эта была последняя. Спасибо за ссылку. Теперь я в курсе проблемы, а то всё собиралась обратиться к администраторам, хотя не люблю это делать.
        • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
          4 years 9 months ago
          Да, действительно. 
          Причём выпущен не только конец, но и кое-что в середине. И ведь не особо старый альбом-то! (Они там по ссылке говорят, что это лишь старых фоток касается; наверное старое - всё, что до Сэнди :()
          Вот свинство-то!
  • Okinew Russia (Private)
    4 years 9 months ago
    Travel Air Mystery Ship (replica) - in front
    Люблю музеи со старой авиацией.  У вас они замечательные.
    • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
      4 years 9 months ago
      Оформлены наши музеи хорошо, конечно. По возвращении домой хочется узнать побольше. При написании описаний к этому альбому я много чего узнала и даже фильм посмотрела.
  • Vyacheslav Kvasnevsky (Private)
    5 years 10 months ago
    Jolly Roger – the insignia on the engine cover of Grumman F-14A Tomcat
    :)
    вот на этой фотке и ссылке (как специально, после моего любимого томката) меня любопытство унесло куда-то в дебри инторанетов часов так на 8, и потом уже пришлось делать даже некоторое усилие над собой, чтобы досмотреть альбом.
    • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
      5 years 10 months ago
      Ну да, я тоже пока комменты к этому альбому писала, не только по и-нету кучу времени проползала, но и даже фильм посмотрела (см. описание к предыдущей фотке).
  • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
    5 years 10 months ago
    Fairchild PT-23 Cornell
    Any idea why SEVEN cylinders make sense?
    Кто-нибудь знает, чем хороши именно семь (такое странное число) цилиндров у этого двигателя?
    • https://plus.google.com/u/0/104085467793454876154/ (Private)
      5 years 10 months ago
      "In a radial engine the cylinders are numbered around
      the circle, with the #1 cylinder at the top. There are always an odd
      number of cylinders in each bank, as this allows for a constant
      alternate cylinder firing order: for example, with a single bank of 7
      cylinders, the order would be 1-3-5-7-2-4-6. Moreover, unless there is
      an odd number of cylinders, the ring cam around the nose of the engine
      would be unable to provide the inlet valve open - exhaust valve open
      sequence required by the four stroke cycle." ()

      Радиальные
      движки очень удобны именно в истребительной авиации - их легко
      охлаждать прямо воздухом от винта/потока, поэтому соотношение массы и
      мощности самое выгодное (было - пока мессершмитт и даймлер не придумали,
      как охлаждать водой). На 4 такта необходимо нечетное число цилиндров, а
      7 получалось воткнуть максимум без излишней сложности в те времена.
  • 5 years 10 months ago
    Suzanne Delano Parish flew Curtiss P-40N Warhawk in the 70’s and 80’s.
    Fascinating career!
    • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
      5 years 10 months ago
      Note that it was a job only during the war.
      After the war, the WASP were disbanded. Sue wrote to every aviation company she knew of in search of a job as a pilot. She even approached her uncle, Donald Gilmore, then president of the Upjohn Company, for a job as a pilot. However, at that time, female pilots weren't accepted in the aviation industry.
      So after the war it was just a hobby for her.
      Note that they have an entire new exhibit about WASP - very informative. 
      The more info like this I see, the better I understand why US women are so feminist. They did not have many important rights for a long time.
  • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
    5 years 10 months ago
    If you have not been to the Air Zoo for a while note that they underwent a major renovation in 2004 (a new building, a huge mural, a 4D :) theatre and rides were added), and on October 1, 2011 they expanded yet again by opening a 50,000-square-foot addition on its Main Campus. The expansion features new and current exhibits, aircraft and space artifacts. They have activities for the entire family, though we heard one father complain that his three-year-old was upset that he was not allowed to climb the Blackbird.
    • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
      5 years 10 months ago
      Officially, the general admission is $8 (kids under 4 are free), but we have not seen any ticket checking, and people were getting in and out all the time. One local told us before we went there that now the entrance is free and you pay only for the rides, so see if it makes sense to stop by for an hour or so even if you are just passing by to try seeing some exhibits and feel the general flavor without charge (you may wanna spend a couple of minutes in the museum store before heading to the entrance located "in the clouds."
      • Ikarushka Premium user United States (Private)
        5 years 10 months ago
        If you plan a longer stay we would recommend to think about bringing your own sandwiches. Their food service is so-so: they serve only simple burgers, hot dogs, wraps and sandwiches with chips. Their (OK quality) American coffee (no espresso there) costs $3 for a huge cup, which would marginally make sense for us only if shared. They have coat check, and we think that they can take a back pack – call them to make sure they will. This way your lunch can wait for you in the coat room. The best photos you can make will be those taken from the observation deck on the 2nd floor, where tables are waiting for you to have lunch there. 
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