Yankee Air Museum http://wemu.org en Milestone For Yankee Air Museum Bomber Plant Purchase http://wemu.org/post/milestone-yankee-air-museum-bomber-plant-purchase <p>The effort to convert a section of the former Willow Run bomber plant into a new home for the Yankee Air Museum is moving forward.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 10:25:48 +0000 Bob Eccles 48892 at http://wemu.org Milestone For Yankee Air Museum Bomber Plant Purchase Baltia Air Lines Title Sponsor Of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show http://wemu.org/post/baltia-air-lines-title-sponsor-thunder-over-michigan-air-show <p>The Thunder over Michigan air show has a new title sponsor.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p></p><p>The show is now the Baltia Air Lines Thunder over Michigan Air Show.&nbsp;</p><p>Baltia Air Lines is the country's newest passenger airline, with offices at Willow Run airport.&nbsp; It plans to start non-stop 747 service between New York and St. Petersburg, Russia after receiving FAA certification in September.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 18:48:34 +0000 Bob Eccles 47934 at http://wemu.org Baltia Air Lines Title Sponsor Of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show Yankee Air Museum Set To Purchase Part Of Willow Run Bomber Plant http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-set-purchase-part-willow-run-bomber-plant <p> &nbsp;A group working to save part of Rosie the Riveter's old factory says it has signed a purchase agreement for the property.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The Yankee Air Museum announced yesterday it is moving forward with a deal to buy 144,000 square feet of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;The museum says in a statement that, assuming an upcoming inspection goes well, it will close on the purchase "in a few weeks."</span></p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 08:29:03 +0000 Associated Press 47779 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-close-purchase-agreement <p>A leader of an effort to save a slice of Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant says his group soon will sign a purchase agreement for the property.</p><p> Tue, 13 May 2014 17:35:21 +0000 Associated Press 45776 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant http://wemu.org/post/lot-work-still-needed-save-portion-willow-run-bomber-plant <div>Smiling faces abound at the Yankee Air Museum as they are set to clear the first hurdle in saving a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant. &nbsp;A lot of work however is still needed to achieve their goal.</div><p> Thu, 01 May 2014 22:09:12 +0000 Andrew Cluley 45241 at http://wemu.org Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant Yankee Air Museum To Sign Purchase Agreement For Bomber Plant http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-sign-purchase-agreement-bomber-plant <p>The Yankee Air Museum’s fundraising effort has been successful enough to move forward with a purchase agreement for a portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant.</p><p></p><p></p><p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 03:42:06 +0000 Bob Eccles 45143 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum To Sign Purchase Agreement For Bomber Plant 'Rosie The Riveter' World Record Confirmed http://wemu.org/post/rosie-riveter-world-record-confirmed <p>It's official - the 778 people who gathered at the former Willow Run bomber plant set a new world record for the number of people gathered in one place dressed as Rosie the Riveter.</p><p></p><p></p><p>The Yankee Air Museum received a letter from publishers of the Guinness Book of World Records indicating that "you have successfully achieved a new Guinness World Records title for 'largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie the Riveter'".&nbsp;</p><p>The museum still needs to raise about $1.25 million by May 1st to save a portion of the plant to use as its new home.</p> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 21:12:18 +0000 Bob Eccles 44720 at http://wemu.org 'Rosie The Riveter' World Record Confirmed 'Rosie The Riveter' Event Officially Sets World Record http://wemu.org/post/rosie-riveter-event-officially-sets-world-record <div><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span>A group trying to save a portion of a Detroit-area assembly plant where Rosie the Riveter once worked is the proud owner of a new Guinness World Record.&nbsp;</div><div> Mon, 21 Apr 2014 14:46:18 +0000 Associated Press 44685 at http://wemu.org 'Rosie The Riveter' Event Officially Sets World Record Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-welcomes-spirit-45-express <p>With less than a month to go in its fundraising effort to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant, the Yankee Air Museum today welcomes the Spirit of '45 Express to Hangar 1 at Willow Run airport.</p><p></p><p>The Spirit of '45 Express crosses the country to remind Americans how the people of our nation came together and helped each other during World War II.</p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:49:21 +0000 Bob Eccles 44408 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express Bomber Hanger Deadline, World Record Attempt Approaching http://wemu.org/post/bomber-hanger-deadline-world-record-attempt-approaching <p>The deadline&nbsp; for the Yankee Air Museum to raise the amount of money needed to save part of the Willow Run Bomber Plant from demolition is about a month away now.</p><p></p><p>Dennis Norton is the the President of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation and the Founder of the Yankee Air Museum. He said it's more important now than ever for people to step up and help save the plant.<br /><br />"The demolition of the plant is going on right now," Norton said. "We have only until May 1st to save our piece of it."</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 18:17:56 +0000 Laura Heffner 43498 at http://wemu.org Bomber Hanger Deadline, World Record Attempt Approaching Thunderbirds to Headline 2014 Thunder over Michigan Air Show http://wemu.org/post/thunderbirds-headline-2014-thunder-over-michigan-air-show <p>The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline next year's Thunder over Michigan air show at Willow Run Airport.&nbsp;</p><p>Yankee Air Museum Public Relations Director Bob Hynes says the show is scheduled for August 9th and 10th.</p><p>Hynes says if you have an aviation buff on your holiday gift list, there's a special code you can enter to save big on tickets to next year's Thunder over Michigan show.&nbsp;</p><p>Go to YankeeAirMuseum.org, click on Thunder over Michigan Air Show and enter the code TOMINSIDER to get a discount on tickets. Thu, 12 Dec 2013 21:38:50 +0000 Bob Eccles 38925 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-holding-ceremony-and-tour-willow-run-airport-saturday <p>We should soon have a better idea of how the Yankee Air Museum is doing in its effort to raise enough money to buy part of the former Willow Run bomber plant for its new home.&nbsp;</p><p>WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.</p><p> Fri, 25 Oct 2013 00:12:35 +0000 Bob Eccles 36799 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday Yankee Air Museum Fundraising Deadline Extended http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-fundraising-deadline-extended <p>The <a href="http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/">Yankee Air Museum </a>has a little more time to raise the money needed to buy a section of the former Willow Run bomber plant for its new home.&nbsp;</p><p>RACER Trust, the company handling the disposition of former General Motors properties, including the Willow Run plant, says the campaign's "success and momentum" warranted a 60-day extension.&nbsp;</p><p>Thursday was supposed to be the deadline for the Yankee Air Museum to raise $8 million to buy a 175-thousand square foot section of the plant.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 31 Jul 2013 18:42:18 +0000 Bob Eccles 32952 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Fundraising Deadline Extended Yankee Air Museum Takes to Skies to Raise Awareness of Bomber Plant Campaign [Photo Gallery] http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-takes-skies-raise-awareness-bomber-plant-campaign-photo-gallery <p>The <a href="http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/">Yankee Air Museum</a> has until August 1st to raise just under $5 million to buy a section of the Willow Run bomber plant for its new home.&nbsp; As WEMU's Bob Eccles reports, the museum on Wednesday gave donors and members of the media flights on its B-17 bomber to raise awareness of the campaign.</p><p>Learn how you can take a once in a lifetime ride on the B-17 Yankee Lady here :&nbsp;</p><p><a href="http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/yam/fly/">http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/yam/fly/</a></p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 00:35:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 32341 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Takes to Skies to Raise Awareness of Bomber Plant Campaign [Photo Gallery] Yankee Air Museum Wants To Buy Part Of Historic Bomber Plant http://wemu.org/post/yankee-air-museum-wants-buy-part-historic-bomber-plant <p>The Yankee Air Museum wants to buy part of the plant where B-24 bombers were built during World War II to use as its new home.</p><p>It'll cost six million dollars to buy the very end of the former Willow Run Powertrain plant where the bombers rolled out from 1942 to 1945.&nbsp; That's according to Dennis Norton, President of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation - the sister organization and funding arm of the Yankee Air Museum.&nbsp;</p> Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:47:46 +0000 Bob Eccles 28428 at http://wemu.org Yankee Air Museum Wants To Buy Part Of Historic Bomber Plant Dates Changed For Thunder Over Michigan http://wemu.org/post/dates-changed-thunder-over-michigan <p>With sequestration grounding the U-S Air Force Thunderbirds, the Yankee Air Museum has had to change the dates for its "Thunder over Michigan" air show from Fathers Day weekend to August 10th and 11th.&nbsp;</p><p>Show Director Kevin Walsh says it would have been tough to compete with other events happening that weekend - including a race at Michigan International Speedway without the Thunderbirds.&nbsp;</p><p>He says most of the performers were able to accommodate the date change.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 17 Apr 2013 19:59:39 +0000 Bob Eccles 28187 at http://wemu.org Dates Changed For Thunder Over Michigan A Conversation with Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh http://wemu.org/post/conversation-yankee-air-museum-executive-director-kevin-walsh <p>WEMU's Bob Eccles spoke with Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh about the museum's "Fly Me To The Moon" exhibit and other museum happenings.</p><p></p><p></p> Thu, 28 Feb 2013 22:17:51 +0000 Bob Eccles 26168 at http://wemu.org A Conversation with Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh Tuskegee Airman visits Willow Run airport http://wemu.org/post/tuskegee-airman-visits-willow-run-airport <p>One of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen visited Willow Run airport this afternoon in advance of this weekend&#39;s Thunder over Michigan air show.&nbsp; WEMU&#39;s Bob Eccles has the story.</p> Fri, 03 Aug 2012 17:20:37 +0000 Bob Eccles 17442 at http://wemu.org Tuskegee Airman visits Willow Run airport