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Yankee Air Museum Brings Wartime Aircraft Home
The Yankee Air Museum moved three of its most important artifacts to their new home today, marking the organization’s commitment to the Willow Run Bomber Plant as its new location. Once the workplace of one of the women who inspired the character Rosie the Riveter, a portion of Willow Run will be preserved and turned into an air museum.
Using a Chevrolet Silverado 3500HD powered by a 6.6L Duramax V-8, the museum moved its de Havilland Canada DHC-4 Caribou troop transporter, Martin RB-57 Canberra reconnaissance craft, and Consolidated PB4Y-2 Privateer patroller into enclosed storage at the museum’s new home. After a publicly funded campaign to purchase the Willow Run Bomber Plant, Yankee Air Museum will now begin the process of renovating the historic industrial facility to house its collection.
Founded in 1981, the Yankee Air Museum’s collection used to be housed in a World War II hangar until a fire in 2004 destroyed it. Looking for a new home, the museum was able to save 144,000 square feet of the bomber plant and prepare it for exhibition.
Willow Run was built and operated by the Ford Motor Company during World War II, producing more than 8,000 B-24 Liberator bombers. According to Yankee, it also spurred an era of change, where women like “Rosie the Riveter” and “Acetylene Annie” took over high-paying factory jobs formerly reserved for men.
Yankee Air Museum is now looking for assistance in renovating and preserving Willow Run. For more information, watch the video embedded above, and check out the museum’s information page.
Source: Yankee Air Museum, General Motors