Yankee Air Museum

Bob Eccles

It'll be late next summer's Thunder over Michigan airs how before the entire squadron is here, but the Blue Angels' number seven plane touched down at Willow Run airport Monday morning for an advance visit.  

 


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.

Twin Celebrations Thursday At Willow Run Airport

Oct 29, 2014
Bob Eccles

It's an historic day at Willow Run Airport on two fronts Thursday.  The airport is re-dedicating it's re-built runway 5R/23L, and the Yankee Air Museum is closing on its purchase of a section of the former bomber plant for its new home.

Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh says the re-opening of the runway will mark the first new runway at Willow Run since the airport was built. 

Rosie the Riveters and Female Democrats
Andrew Cluley / 89.1 WEMU

Many of Michigan's top female politicians visited with three original Rosie the Riveter's today at the Yankee Air Museum.  They shared a message of hard work and a desire for equality. 


10 Years After The Yankee Air Museum Hangar Fire

Oct 8, 2014
localhangar.com

Ten years ago Thursday the Yankee Air Museum's hangar went up in flames, destroying everything the museum had, except for its three flying aircraft.  And if not for the heroic work of several museum volunteers, the planes might have been lost, as well.

 
Lew Major has served on the crew of the museum's B-25 bomber, the Yankee Warrior, since 1998.  They had just returned from an airs how and were preparing to store the plane in the hangar when they saw smoke. 

afthunderbirds.com

Those red, white and blue jets you'll hear (and if you're quick, maybe see) screaming across the skies in eastern Washtenaw County the next few days belong to the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds demonstration team, in town for this weekend's Baltia Air Lines Thunder over Michigan air show.

Show director Kevin Walsh believes it says good things about the Yankee Air Museum and the volunteers who help make the show possible that the Thunderbirds chose to come here.

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.

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.

 A group working to save part of Rosie the Riveter's old factory says it has signed a purchase agreement for the property.

     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.

     The museum says in a statement that, assuming an upcoming inspection goes well, it will close on the purchase "in a few weeks."

     The Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign has raised millions of dollars in an effort to save part of the factory for use as the museum's new home.

Willow Run Bomber Plant
Bob Eccles / 89.1 WEMU

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.

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.

'Rosie The Riveter' World Record Confirmed

Apr 21, 2014
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.

Christy Hoffman

  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. 

Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express

Apr 15, 2014
spiritof45.org

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.

Lead in text: 
778 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes came together Saturday to smash the Guinness World Record requirement and make it into the history books. The Yankee Air Museum, Michigan Aerospace Foundation and Save the Bomber Plant campaign attempted to set a Guinness World Record for the "most Rosie the Riveters in one place" in October 2013.
WEMU News
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."

The U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds will headline next year's Thunder over Michigan air show at Willow Run Airport. 

Yankee Air Museum Public Relations Director Bob Hynes says the show is scheduled for August 9th and 10th.

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. 

Go to YankeeAirMuseum.org, click on Thunder over Michigan Air Show and enter the code TOMINSIDER to get a discount on tickets.

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. 

Dates Changed For Thunder Over Michigan

Apr 17, 2013
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. 

Bob Eccles

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.

Tuskegee Airman visits Willow Run airport

Aug 3, 2012
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.