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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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.
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.
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.