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.