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The Force Within

This week was filled with excitement as I flew to Grand Rapids, Michigan (by way of O'Hare) to visit family and to celebrate a special birthday.  Due to the significance and common denominator of this birthday (we both like planes) we went somewhere where no one would ever think of to go and see planes - The Zoo.  Yes, really, we went to the zoo...

Kalamazoo, Michigan that is...

            We went to a very special place located there called:


Luckily, despite the peak summer season, the place wasn't a zoo with crowds and we got a lot accomplished there.  Space shuttle rides, simulator rides, balloon rides, you name it.  It was one special day on so many flight levels.  

On a personal note, it was also a great day for me to get work done - aviation photography and article planning at its best.  But, alas, I was photographing everything and I shot over 200 photos from the day that I couldn't possibly combine them into one mega post.

So this.. happened for a reason.  The reason is that I am breaking up the photos in order to dedicate this week's FRIDAY FOTO or FOTOto a topic which needs to be mentioned so many times.  It is a special topic which this air museum decided to dedicate a special space for.  Not only did they dedicate a special space for it at the museum, but I am dedicating a special space for it on this website.

With these words, I present to you

July 19th, 2013

WOMEN IN AVIATION commemorates all the women who not only served in the commercial industry but also in the War Services as pilots, heroes for our beloved United States of America.  Please have a look at the visuals below..

Enjoy the VFR flight..


I was first introduced to this fine lady.  Do you know who she is?  Like many I saw at this exhibit, she definitely had a success story to share..

Some of the various aircraft 
flown by these fine pilots:

Aligned at the top of the walls perpendicular with the ceiling was a roll of film that circumnavigated the display room with all of the female WASP pilots.  There were two individuals who stuck out among them...  Do you know them?



Thank you for your devoted service to this great nation.

Saluting you!

Have a great weekend everyone!



  1. Jeremy, this is awesome. What a fantastic time. I had no idea this air zoo existed. Bee's photos is so awesome. Okay, I have to leave a link to her now. She wrote a fabulous book!
    Thanks for a great post and keep having fun!!!

  2. Karlene, you really need to visit this place, it is amazing. You will love the WASP / WIA exhibit for sure. I also highly recommend the F-18 Diamondback Simulator ;) Thanks for stopping by!


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