Yankee Air Museum Seeks Funds for New Home

April 29, 2013

A local group is trying to save an important part of Michigan history. The old Willow Run Bomber Plant near Ypsilanti built the B-24s that helped win World War Two, when Detroit was known as the Arsenal of Democracy. The factory later became a General Motors Powertrain plant. A government trust that was created to help automotive communities affected by the recent recession now owns the property, and could tear it down if it can’t find a buyer to redevelop it. The Michigan Aerospace Foundation wants to buy part of the plant to build a new home for the Yankee Air Museum. Foundation president and Museum founder Dennis Norton says the group doesn’t want the whole building--just a small, but significant, piece of it. Click on the audio links above to hear the conversation with WDET's Pat Batcheller.

To donate to the effort, contact the Michigan Aerospace Foundation via e-mail at