Security cameras installed for historic planes at KI Sawyer

On-the-clock surveillance established for display aircraft damaged from vandalism last fall.
Updated: Jun. 12, 2021 at 8:02 PM EDT
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KI SAWYER, Mich. (WLUC) - The KI Sawyer Heritage Air Museum is getting an extra set of “eyes” to watch over and help secure their historic planes out on display.

Volunteers from Northern Michigan University’s Electrical Line Technician School installed new security cameras on the outdoor display field Saturday.

This provides on-the-clock surveillance of planes that once flew out of the former air force base.

Last fall, the museum found the aircraft vandalized -- with a few of the canopies shattered.

Museum President Dan Kill said the upgraded surveillance equipment totaled close to $5,000 -- this includes perimeter lightning installed last fall.

He expressed his thanks to the community through donations and volunteer service towards this project.

“We’re glad that we’re able to keep these planes accessible. But as always, it takes community to make this happen and keep the history alive. We don’t want to have to put fences around them. This will hopefully prevent any vandalism in the future, and still allow for people to come out here and be able to touch the planes, the history if you will, of KI Sawyer (Air Force Base),” Kill said.

The KI Sawyer Heritage Air Museum is asking for your help in their future projects -- they contacted by phone at 906-236-3502 or email at

The museum is entirely supported by donations -- to give monetary support to their mission, visit their donation page HERE.

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