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Saving The Willow Run Bomber Plant Presentation Video

Listen and watch as Dennis Norton tells the fascinating story of how the Yankee Air Museum acquired a portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant, and learn about the history of the portion of the building that Yankee acquired through its Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign. Includes lots of great historical photos, and modern […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update March 2016

We saved a 144,000 sq. ft. portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant from demolition in 2014. But there is still a long way to go to turn our piece of the Plant into a Museum. March, 2016 marks the end of one full year of restoration work, and there is a much progress to celebrate! […]

“Bond With The Bomber Plant” Open House at Willow Run

The Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant Campaign and Yankee Air Museum (YAM) invite you to their “Bond With The Bomber Plant” Open House at Willow Run this Saturday! You’ll get to cross the threshold of history and take a peek inside the final assembly and roll-off portion of the historic WWII-era Ford Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant […]

Goosebumps – Watch Airplanes Return to Willow Run!

For the first time in more than 50 years, three vintage military aircraft were moved back inside the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant. as the Yankee Air Museum officially kicked-off the second phase of its national fundraising efforts. In 2014, the “Save the Bomber Plant” campaign saved a portion of the plant. Now, the museum is asking […]

Save The Bomber Plant 2015 Year in Review

I want to personally thank each of you who has helped in some way this first year. We’ve succeeded with the construction we wanted to accomplish in 2015 and look forward to the  restoration activities we have planned for 2016. But we still need your help to make our shared vision a reality! -Dennis Norton, Founder, Yankee […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update September 2015

We’ve made significant progress this past summer with the restoration of our piece of the Willow Run Bomber Plant! We selected Phoenix Construction of Ypsilanti, Michigan to be our General Contractor and work started in June. Summer 2015 construction highlights included: Installing new steel bracing to reinforce the building’s structure Re-enclosing the North and West walls […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update May 2015

With the removal of extraneous ductwork and debris, this month’s focus, among other things, was power washing. Following is a short video of power washing of the two iconic bay doors out of which over 8,600 B-24 Liberator bombers rolled during WWII, and some photos of the now-cleared interior of the Willow Run Bomber Plant. […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update April 2015

As April breezes into May, our first steps in renovating the historic WWII Willow Run Bomber Plant are underway. We are in a phase of “Out with the old” before we can begin “In with the new.” The first order of business is to gut the interior of the building, stripping it of all structurally unnecessary and post-WWII elements. […]

Willow Run Bomber Plant Construction Update March 2015

Construction is poised to begin this spring on the preserved portion of the historic Willow Run WWII Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan, to ready it to be the future new home of the Yankee Air Museum by 2018. Scroll down for a photo gallery of the plant as it stands poised for the beginning of the […]

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