Michigan Aerospace Foundation

Twin Celebrations At Willow Run Airport

Oct 30, 2014
Bob Eccles

There were a couple of big celebrations Thursday at Willow Run Airport.  The airport re-dedicated its re-built main runway, and the Yankee Air Museum closed on the purchase of part of the former bomber plant.

After a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, the Yankee Air Museum's B-17G bomber "Yankee Lady" made the inaugural take-off and landing on the runway.

Airport Director Chris Mullin says the runway replaces the original strip, built in 1940. He expects the re-built runway to last 35-40 years.

Bob Eccles

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.

Yankee Air Museum founder and Michigan Aerospace Foundation president Dennis Norton says a milestone was reached on Tuesday.

Willow Run Bomber Plant
savethebomberplant.org

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.  A lot of work however is still needed to achieve their goal.


savethebomberplant.org

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.

Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express

Apr 15, 2014
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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.

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.

Bob Eccles

The deadline  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.

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.

"The demolition of the plant is going on right now," Norton said. "We have only until May 1st to save our piece of it."

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. 

WEMU's Bob Eccles has more.


Yankee Air Museum Fundraising Deadline Extended

Jul 31, 2013
Bob Eccles

The Yankee Air Museum 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. 

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. 

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. 

To date, $4.5 million has been raised.

The Yankee Air Museum has until August 1st to raise just under $5 million to buy a section of the Willow Run bomber plant for its new home.  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.

Learn how you can take a once in a lifetime ride on the B-17 Yankee Lady here : 

http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/yam/fly/

michiganaerospace.org

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.