Yankee Air Museum

WEMU News
6:25 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Milestone For Yankee Air Museum Bomber Plant Purchase

The portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant the Yankee Air Museum will call home.
Credit 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.

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WEMU News
2:48 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Baltia Air Lines Title Sponsor Of Thunder Over Michigan Air Show

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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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Michigan News
4:29 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Set To Purchase Part Of Willow Run Bomber Plant

 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.

Michigan News
1:35 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Close To Purchase Agreement

Credit 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.

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Community
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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Community
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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Community
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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Michigan News
10:46 am
Mon April 21, 2014

'Rosie The Riveter' Event Officially Sets World Record

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

  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. 

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WEMU News
11:49 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Yankee Air Museum Welcomes Spirit of '45 Express

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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.

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12:38 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Yankee Air Musuem Sets Guinness World Record With 778 Rosie The Riveters

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.
  • Source: Heritage
  • | Via: Krystal Elliott
More than 770 Rosie the Riveter lookalikes, including 19 "Original Rosies" turned out to the Willow Run Airport Saturday, March 29, to help set a Guinness World Record for the "most Rosie the Riveters in one place."
Aviation
2:17 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Bomber Hanger Deadline, World Record Attempt Approaching

The portion of the former Willow Run bomber plant that the Yankee Air Museum is trying to save for its new home.
Credit 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."

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Local News
4:38 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Thunderbirds to Headline 2014 Thunder over Michigan Air Show

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.

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Community
8:12 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Holding Ceremony and Tour at Willow Run Airport Saturday

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.

Click here to hear Bob's report.

Community
2:42 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Fundraising Deadline Extended

This is the section of the former Willow Run bomber plant that the Yankee Air Museum wants to save from the wrecking ball. Newly-built B-24 bombers rolled out of the plant through these doors during World War II.
Credit 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.

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Aviation
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 : 

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

Local News
3:47 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Yankee Air Museum Wants To Buy Part Of Historic Bomber Plant

Credit 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. 

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Aviation
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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Aviation
5:17 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

A Conversation with Yankee Air Museum Executive Director Kevin Walsh

The Yankee Air Museum's B-17G bomber, "Yankee Lady".
Credit 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.

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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.