Saturday 40 September 30th will be a celebration of 40 years of successful conversion from military to civilian use of the former Kincheloe Air Force Base. The area has been transformed into a dynamic community that is the home of three Department of Corrections facilities, Chippewa County International Airport, and manufacturers and businesses that employ hundreds.
Celebrate the progress with us Saturday, September 30th. The Open House from 9:00AM to 4:30pm will feature displays of military memorabilia, airplanes, equipment, and manufacturers products .
At 9:00AM The public is invited to participate in a 5k torch run on the runway and taxiway, put on by the Department of Corrections & Kinross Lions Club to benefit Special Olympics of Michigan and the Kinross Lions. At 10:15 a.m. the public is invited to walk the 7,200 foot main runway and starting at 11:30 a.m. kids and adults are invited to bike the runway. Food will be available from the Kinross Lions Club.
Throughout the day see displays at the airport terminals and aircraft hangars. • Military and civilian aircraft •General Motors automobiles • Sports Car Club of America cars and race videos • Displays from Air/Industrial Park manufacturers • The Michigan DOC Honor Guard and Emergency Response Team • The EDC’s antique and modern snow removal equipment • A collection of photographs and military memorabilia • A video display of “Die Hard 2” highlighting scenes filmed at CIU
At the main airport terminal building: 3:00 p.m. Dedication of the airport conference room in memory of Iven Kincheloe, the military test pilot for whom the former base was named 3:15 p.m. Dedication of “Noel Way” to long time EDC President Kathy Noel 3:30 p.m. Recognition of past and present EDC board members
Come and join us as we celebrate four decades of progress in the Eastern Upper Peninsula.