The World Heritage Air Museum today announced the opening its new headquarters and flight operations base at a renovated hangar at Oakland County International Airport.
The hangar will be home to several rare vintage jets from around the world where visitors can get an up close view and learn more about the aircraft and the roles they played in history.
“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,” says board member and jet-owner/pilot Tom Proctor.
Proctor says the mission of World Heritage Air Museum is to rescue military jet aircraft from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s, return them to flight status, and use them to encourage the youth of America to dream, wonder, and soar. The current collection of jets originated from around the world including Britain, Switzerland, Czechoslovakia, Spain, France, Russia, and Poland.
The museum was founded in 2011 at Detroit City Airport. That space will continue to serve as the maintenance and restoration location while the Oakland County facility in Waterford will be the flight operation base and group tour location.
“We are passionate about planes and role they played in world history,” says WHAM founder and board member Martin Tibbitts. “There is a steady decline in aviation careers in our country and we hope our museum can help the youth of today feel the passion and excitement we feel about flying. We are fortunate to be able to restore and fly these jets as part of our mission.”
WHAM has several levels of sponsorships and ways to donate including jet sponsorships, pilot sponsorships, plane donations, corporate sponsorships and general contributions to aid in the running of the not-for-profit organization.
WHAM is currently scheduling tours. For anyone interested in scheduling a tour or getting more information about donating time or funds to support WHAM, visit Worldheritageairmuseum.org