Willow Run Airport

2:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Baltia Air Lines Title Sponsor Of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

Credit baltia.com

The Thunder over Michigan air show has a new title sponsor.

The show is now the Baltia Air Lines Thunder over Michigan Air Show. 

Baltia Air Lines is the country's newest passenger airline, with offices at Willow Run airport.  It plans to start non-stop 747 service between New York and St. Petersburg, Russia after receiving FAA certification in September. 

Baltia Vice President of Finance Barry Clare says the Thunder over Michigan Air Show was a good fit for the airline.

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6:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

Lot Of Work Still Needed To Save Portion Of Willow Run Bomber Plant

Credit 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.

WEMU's Andrew Cluley reports on the work still needed to save some of the historic Willow Run bomber plant as a sales agreement is expected shortly.

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11:42 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

Yankee Air Museum To Sign Purchase Agreement For Bomber Plant

Credit 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.

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5:12 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

'Rosie The Riveter' World Record Confirmed

From left to right Hilda Havlik, Christy Hoffman, Deb Hoffman, and Betty Jones attended the successful record-breaking event at the Willow Run Bomber Plan for the largest gathering of people dressed as Rosie Riveter.
Christy Hoffman

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.

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'". 

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.

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8:13 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Thunder Over Michigan Returns This Weekend

The Thunder Over Michigan air show returns to Willow Run Airport this weekend.

WEMU's Bob Eccles has the details in this report:

Thunder Over Michigan Air Show at Willow Run Airport Saturday and Sunday

Vintage war-birds take to the skies above Willow Run Airport this weekend at the 15th annual Thunder Over Michigan air show.  Show organizers had to do some quick re-scheduling after the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds jet team was grounded due to sequestration-related budget cuts. 

Show Director Kevin Walsh says it wasn't as big a problem for Thunder Over Michigan as it was for some other air shows.

Among the performers scheduled to participate in Thunder Over Michigan this weekend:

  • A rare gathering of six Vietnam-era Skyraider aircract
  • a North American F-100F Super Sabre jet
  • British de Havilland Vampire T-55. 

Thunder Over Michigan takes place Saturday and Sunday at Willow Run Airport.  Tickets can be purchased online or at the gate.  Kids 15 and under are admitted free

8:35 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Takes to Skies to Raise Awareness of Bomber Plant Campaign [Photo Gallery]

Bob Eccles mans the .50 caliber machinegun.

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.

Hear Bob's report here.

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


3:59 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Dates Changed For Thunder Over Michigan

Aerobatics pilot Michael Goulian is among those scheduled to perform at Thunder over Michigan
Credit Yankee Air Museum/Thunder over Michigan

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. 

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. 

He says most of the performers were able to accommodate the date change. 

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Tuskegee Airman visit
1:20 pm
Fri August 3, 2012

Tuskegee Airman visits Willow Run airport

LTC Alexander Jefferson of the Tuskegee Airmen in front of a Red Tail P-51 Mustang fighter.
Bob Eccles

One of the last surviving members of the Tuskegee Airmen visited Willow Run airport this afternoon in advance of this weekend's Thunder over Michigan air show.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.