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Project: Get Shaba (817) to Kalamazoo

Breaking News! In 2019, the Air Zoo was notified that we would be the proud recipient of one of the first F-117 Nighthawks released for public display at a non-government institution. The highly decorated Shaba (817) is scheduled to come to Kalamazoo in the late summer/early fall of 2020! How do I help?


  • The highly decorated Shaba (817) is one of 15 Nighthawks with over 5,000 flight hours.
  • This incredible aircraft is one of 10 Nighthawks to fly at least 50 combat sorties.
  • It is one of 7 that flew in at least three of the four significant campaigns in which Nighthawks were used.
  • AND this is one of only 5 that fit all three categories!

Will you help us get Shaba to Kalamazoo? Your tax-deductible donation will help the Air Zoo cover the cost of transporting this amazing aircraft to Kalamazoo and restore it to pristine condition at our renowned Restoration Center. Not only are there some amazing perks to adopting Shaba, but as part of the federal CARES Act, your gift will be refunded to you dollar-for-dollar up to $300 per individual ($600 married filing jointly) when you file your 2020 taxes next year and take the standard deduction (there are other benefits if you itemize your deductions). Be sure to scout your tax professional for more information on this generous charitable program. 

Adoption Perks
Your tax-deductible adoption comes with some pretty special perks at each level including:

Stealth (up to $25) - Thank you for your support!

Friend ($25+) - A personal email from the Air Zoo's President & CEO, Troy Thrash, with fun details about the Nighthawk.

Individual ($50+) - A certificate of adoption, custom photo card that includes specific details about Shaba and two letters throughout the 12-month period following your adoption, providing updates about Shaba and its arrival.

Curator ($150+) - All the perks of the Individual adoption plus a monthly e-blast with updates and information about Shaba, and the opportunity for guided care once the aircraft is settled at the Air Zoo.

Pilot ($300+) - All the perks of the Curator level plus an invitation for one to a VIP reception in honor of Shaba.

Twin Engine ($600+) - All the perks of the Pilot level plus an invitation for two to a VIP reception in honor of Shaba.

Executive ($1,000+) - All the perks of the Twin Engine level plus an invitation to be one of the first people to work on the aircraft upon its arrival to prepare it for permanent display at the Air Zoo, as well as inclusion on an exclusive donor panel to be permanently displayed at the aircraft.


About the Air Zoo
Located at 6151 Portage Rd., Portage, MI 49002, the Air Zoo is a Smithsonian-affiliated aerospace & science experience with over 100 rare air & space craft, inspiring interactive exhibits, indoor amusement park rides, full-motion flight simulators, hands-on science-based education programs, and more. The Air Zoo is a not-for-profit organization and is open 360+ days per year. For hours, tickets and info, visit

For questions about donating to the Air Zoo, please contact Maria Newhouse via email by clicking HERE, or via telephone at 269.350.2813.