Frequently Asked Questions About the Campaign…
Who’s Behind The Save the Bomber Plant Campaign?
Yankee Air Museum’s fundraising arm, The Michigan Aerospace Foundation (now using the DBA of Yankee Air Museum Foundation), has organized the Campaign and is providing the day-day management of the Campaign. The Campaign itself is led by volunteers.
We’ve succeeded in saving the Bomber Plant from demolition. Now what?
“Now this is not the end. It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.” — Winston Churchill, 1942
To paraphrase Churchill, this is, “The end of our beginning.” We must now raise the funds to complete the many construction and renovation projects necessary to turn it into a Museum. When the Bomber Plant becomes a Museum we will have truly “saved” it.
As we continue to Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant, what is the current fundraising focus?
Currently, we are raising funds for the Hangar 1 Replacement Project — a hangar space for Yankee Air Museum’s flyable aircraft within our preserved portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant.
Why do we urgently need to build a hangar within the Willow Run Bomber Plant?
Hangar space within the Willow Run Bomber Plant for Yankee Air Museum’s flyable aircraft has always been part of the renovation plan. Because the Museum’s current hangar space (Hangar 1) will be decommissioned in December 2019, building the new hangar space has become a top priority. The Yankee Air Museum’s greatest treasures — our B-17, B-25, C-47 and WACO biplane—must be protected.
What else is involved in turning the preserved potion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant into a museum?
Construction, construction, construction! While much of the exterior and infrastructure work has already been completed or in process, there is still much more to come. We still need to raise a great deal of money to support the construction needed to create a fully-functional Museum inside the former Bomber Plant.
What has been accomplished so far at the Willow Run Bomber Plant?
Thanks to your generosity, we have succeeded in enclosing and painting the exterior of the Willow Run Bomber Plant, completing underground work for new utilities connections, installing a modern hangar door for future Museum use, pouring concrete and blacktop surfaces around the exterior of the building, and installing temporary lighting so interior infrastructure work can continue. These were important milestones! But there is still much work yet to be done.
When will the Yankee Air Museum move into the Willow Run Bomber Plant?
The move-in date is a moving target that is highly dependent on raising the funds necessary to complete the restoration.
Together, “We Can Do It!” Please do your part. Please give generously!
Thank you for your support!
The Michigan Aerospace Foundation
The Yankee Air Museum
Campaign Co-chairmen: Jack Lousma, NASA Astronaut (retired)
Bob Lutz, GM Executive (retired)