Yankee Air Museum Officially Purchases Willow Run Bomber Plant

Ray Hunter of the Yankee Air Museum and Elliot Laws of RACER Trust sign documents making the Museum the new owner of a preserved portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant.

Ray Hunter of the Yankee Air Museum and Elliot Laws of RACER Trust sign documents making the Museum the new owner of a preserved portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant.

We extend a heartfelt thanks to the many amazing people and organizations who helped to make this happen, by supporting the Campaign to Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant. We couldn’t have done it without YOU! Together, "We Did It…Again." Now, let’s roll up our sleeves and finish the job!

A Portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant will be Preserved

Sufficient funds have been raised to buy, preserve, and convert into an independent building, a 144,000 sq. ft. portion of the originally 5 million sq. ft. facility, as a new home for the Museum.

The task before us now is to raise the balance of the funds needed to turn our “big, empty historic box” into a Museum, renovating its interior, and populating it with the exciting story of American aviation and technology.

Because it is a memorable slogan that many have rallied around, fundraising will continue under the “Save The Bomber Plant” campaign banner, and through the campaign website at www.savethebomberplant.org

The focus of fundraising, however, is shifting a little. As we go forward, raising money to preserve the building will recede into the background, as raising money to tell the stories of the new Museum moves to center stage.

The NEW Yankee Air Museum: The National Museum of Aviation and Technology…

When the Yankee Air Museum moves into the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant, projected for early 2018, it will become the National Museum of Aviation and Technology at Historic Willow Run.

The mission of the National Museum of Aviation and Technology at Historic Willow Run will be to continue the work of the Yankee Air Museum in promoting, advancing and explaining the importance of American aviation and aerospace technology, along with a special focus on the story of B-24 Liberator production at the Willow Run Bomber Plant and the nationwide “Arsenal of Democracy” that helped America and her allies win World War II.

Thank you again to every one of our wonderful supporters. Together, we have written another amazing chapter in Willow Run’s history, and introduced the “Can-Do” Spirit of Willow Run to a new generation.