Yankee Warrior B-25 Turns 75 Years Old!

On Saturday, December 8, Yankee Air Museum’s rare and highly prized World War II combat aircraft B-25D Yankee Warrior turned 75! We celebrated with a good old-fashioned birthday party in Hangar 1 at Willow Run for our Yankee Air Museum Members.

Our beloved Yankee Warrior, serial number 43-3634, was manufactured on December 8, 1943, by North American Aviation in Kansas and delivered to the USAAF on December 17, 1943. The aircraft was assigned to the 12th Army Air Force, 340th Bombardment Group where it flew eight missions out of Corsica over Italy before returning to the United States to become part of the Lend Lease Program that lent it to the Royal Canadian Air Force to serve as a trainer.

In 1961, the aircraft was retired from military service and was sold to a series of private owners. In 1987, the Yankee Air Museum purchased this plane to join its collection of flyable WWII aircraft. The Yankee Warrior B-25 birthday party will be an exclusive

You can help us build a wonderful new home for the Yankee Warrior inside our preserved portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant! (Click here to donate.)

Maggie Morris, one of Yankee Air Museum’s “Save the Bomber Plant” Tribute Rosie the Riveters, poses in front of the “Yankee Warrior” B-25’s nose art while celebrating the historic aircraft’s 75th birthday!

Yankee Air Museum’s WWII combat veteran, B-25 Mitchell bomber “Yankee Warrior”, taxis down the runway at Willow Run Airport. The “Yankee Warrior” turned 75 years old on December 8, 2018.