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Help bring the Nighthawk to the Air Zoo
Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk

Last year the Air Zoo learned it would receive a Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk for public display. The Nighthawk was one of the U.S. Air Force’s first active military stealth aircraft.

When the highly decorated Shaba (tail number 817) arrives this fall, the Air Zoo will be the first non-governmental facility in the country — and the only museum in the state of Michigan — to display an F-117.

With the complications and challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Air Zoo is seeking the public’s help to fund the transportation of Shaba to Kalamazoo and its partial restoration. The museum and science center needs $200,000 to fund Shaba’s journey.

Not only will a donation help in the effort to bring the Nighthawk to its new home, but because of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act, it could be refunded dollar-for-dollar up to $300 per individual when you file your 2020 taxes or $600 for married couples filing jointly. The Air Zoo suggests consulting with your tax professional for more information on this charitable program.

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