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The Michigan Flight Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industries, and their associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments.

Inspiring the next generation

Help history take flight

At our core, we are a cultural institution. Rich in history and innovation, our institution stands as a testament to aviation’s transformative power. We delve deep into the annals of flight, but we also look to the future, inspiring the next chapter. Through lectures and hands-on interactive experiences, we are nurturing the next generation of aerospace engineers, pilots, and visionaries. Every young eye that sparkles with curiosity in our museum is a testament to our mission’s success.

Let’s continue this journey together, ensuring that the profound essence of aviation – its stories, innovations, and aspirations – remain alive for all to experience.

A DIFFICULT AND EXPENSIVE TASK

OPERATING HISTORIC FLYING AIRCRAFT

Our historic aircraft require routine maintenance, such as replacing engines, propellers/rotor blades, and tires. However, due to their age, finding replacement parts is often difficult and costly, with annual parts expenses reaching up to $250,000. To ensure the safety and longevity of these national icons, the Michigan Flight Museum works to continually invest in our Historic Flying Aircraft Collection.

By donating to this cause, you can help us have an even greater impact during the next flight season, sharing the fascinating history and technology of these aircraft and leaving a lasting impression on the next generation.

Become a monthly donor!

Join the Flight Crew

The monthly giving program helps provide essential funds to support the Historic Flying Aircraft Collection. Your ongoing support as a flight crew member is the best way to ensure the continued longevity of these national icons.

Anyone can help by choosing a donor level that fits their budget. Please sign up today.

Other ways you can help

Tangible property such as tools, paint, wood, metal and the like can be donated to the Michigan Flight Museum & Air Adventures to help maintain the facilities and aircraft. If you have items you believe would be of use to the Museum, please email: Irene.Korich@MIFlightMuseum.org.

A gift of securities owned more than one year can often be the most attractive and financially beneficial ways to support the Michigan Flight Museum & Air Adventures. A charitable deduction can often be taken for this form of giving. Please consult your tax advisor to see if you are eligible for a tax benefit. If you are planning a donation of securities, stock, bonds or mutual fund shares, please notify us prior to making the gift by emailing: Irene.Korich@MIFlightMuseum.org.

Supporting the Michigan Flight Museum & Air Adventures is a smart investment and helps the Museum educate and attract more visitors per year. We offer a variety of opportunities for strategic partnerships with corporations.

Corporate and foundation support has enabled a variety of exhibitions, ongoing educational programs and research activities since the Museum opened in 1981. If you are interested in exploring these opportunities, please email: Irene.Korich@MIFlightMuseum.org.

Consider a Legacy Gift, sometimes called Planned Giving or a Differed Gift.

There are various opportunities for donors to leave a lasting and positive impact on the Michigan Flight Museum & Air Adventures. One of the most popular methods of Planned Giving is a bequest. This is a gift set up in your will and could be cash, property, stocks or even a portion of your estate. Donors might also opt to designate the Museum as a beneficiary of their Life Insurance Policy or retirement assets (401(K) or IRA). If you are interested in setting up a Legacy Gift, please explore options with your tax advisor and/or your estate lawyer. They will guide you through the process.

You can help the Michigan Flight Museum fulfill its Mission well into the future with a Legacy Gift.

Please email questions to: Irene.Korich@MiFlightMuseum.org.

Financials, Publications, Funding & Governance

About the museum

The Michigan Flight Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Donations to the Museum are tax-deductible to the extent provided by the law. Click on each button below to learn more.

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FREE Museum Admission
• Discounts on Select THUNDER OVER MICHIGAN Tickets
• Discounts on Select Air Adventure Flights*
• Biannual Approaches Magazine
FREE Admission to Select Events
• Admission/Discounts to over 300 Association of Science-Technology Centers
• Gift Shop Discount

*Flight Adventure Discounts not applicable to all Membership levels.

Museum Staff

Angel Estrada
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

Ashley Myers
Director of Special Events

Brenda Kerfoot
Communications Coordinator

Christina Warren
Customer Service Center Associate

Irene Korich
Development Administrative Assistant

Julie Osborne
Curatorial Director

Kevin T Walsh
President & CEO

Les Klima
Senior Accountant

Megan Favio
Director of Air Adventures

Paul Hakala
Director of Maintenance

Rebecca Folsom
Client Relations & Membership Manager

Sarah Lewkowicz
Retail/Visitor Experience Manager

Tim Wedig
Airframe & Powerplant Mechanic

Board of Directors

Ray Hunter
Chairman

James Harless
Vice Chairman

Randy Hotton
Treasurer

David R. Steiner
Secretary

Kevin T. Walsh
President, CEO

Rob A. Bovitz

Kelly Burris

Delane Buttacavoli

Peter H. Deloof

Eric Furlotte

Keith Masserang

Brian Higgins
Board Member Emeritus

Foundation Board

James Harless
President

Steven Berner
Treasurer

John Zajac
Secretary

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The Michigan Flight Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industries, and their associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments.

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