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Tue April 23, 2013
Yankee Air Museum Wants To Buy Part Of Historic Bomber Plant
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.
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. That's according to Dennis Norton, President of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation - the sister organization and funding arm of the Yankee Air Museum.
Norton says the structure is significant to the history of the area, and if the six million dollars can be raised by an August first deadline, the plan is to move the entire Yankee Air Museum into the former bomber facility. He says the museum currently occupies three or four buildings.
The aircraft on static display, with the exception of the huge B-52 bomber, would be moved inside, as well.
The plant was originally built by Ford, but was taken over by General Motors. It's being sold by The RACER Trust, which is handling the disposition of many of G-M's former properties.
More information can be found online at michiganaerospace.org.