About the Save The Bomber Plant Campaign
About the Campaign to Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant
The Campaign’s Mission
The purpose of the Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant Campaign is to mobilize the resources needed to preserve and renovate 144,000 square feet of the 5 million square foot former Willow Run Bomber Plant, to prepare it to become the future new home of the Yankee Air Museum.
The restoration process presents opportunities for major donors, including the chance to name major portions of the restored building. If you are interested in naming and recognition opportunities at the future museum in the Bomber Plant, click here.
A New Home for the Yankee Air Museum
The Yankee Air Museum, based on the eastern edge of Willow Run Airport since 1981, houses aviation- and history-related exhibits and programs, and preserves and maintains a small fleet of WWII-era flyable aircraft, including the majestic Yankee Lady B-17. Yankee has a collection of static aircraft on display, and hosts the popular Thunder Over Michigan Air Show every August.
The cost involved in making our preserved part of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant viable, by restoring its walls and creating modern utility services, is unavoidably high. Currently, we are actively soliciting donor support to complete renovation of the Willow Run Bomber Plant.
Save The Bomber Plant received incredible media coverage and support at the local, state and national level, and inspired people of all ages, from all walks of life, to “help save Rosie’s factory.” As a result, millions of dollars were raised, and the first fundraising goal and deadline were met, and a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant has been purchased and preserved as the future home of the Yankee Air Museum.
However, much renovation work still needs to be done to turn the venerable old factory into a museum, and prepare it for the Yankee Air Museum's planned move-in date of early 2018.
Funds raised to date will go toward making our preserved portion viable as a stand-alone building by restoring missing walls and structural integrity, and creating modern utility services. More funds are needed to begin the work of renovating the interior and to build exhibits.
Willow Run: a Storied Past, and a Bright Future
A museum at Willow Run would not only honor, but continue Willow Run's legacy of breakthrough manufacturing innovation, encouraging young people to pursue careers in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math,) to revitalize and inspire the present.
Help Make the Vision a Reality!
Support for the cause has been overwhelming, And now, we have to finish the job by raising the funds necessary to turn our big, historic box into a Museum... by renovating the interior and populating it with exciting exhibits.