Yankee Air Museum needs $2 million to save old bomber plant - Chicago News and Weather | FOX 32 News

Yankee Air Museum needs $2 million to save old bomber plant

Posted: Updated:
YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WJBK) -

The Yankee Air Museum says it needs to raise $2 million by Nov. 1 to save a portion of the historic Willow Run bomber plant. The facility in Ypsilanti Township opened in 1941 and played a key role during World War II. It later became a General Motors plant and closed in 2010.

"There were 8,700 B-24 bombers built in two and a half years here," said Dennis Norton, founder of the Yankee Air Museum. "It was a fantastic production run, couldn't be equaled anywhere in the country and we did it right here. We're trying to save a little piece of this plant that was so important to our history."

The museum started the "save the bomber plant" project two years ago. They've raised $6 million so far, but another $2 million is needed by Nov. 1 to renovate a 175,000-square-foot portion of the building. The rest of the 5-million-square-foot facility is slated to be demolished.

Click HERE to contribute to the project

 

  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Recall: Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

    Recall: Kraft Foods recalls 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners

    Sunday, April 20 2014 9:36 PM EDT2014-04-21 01:36:39 GMT
    Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages.
    Kraft Foods is recalling approximately 96,000 pounds of Oscar Mayer Classic Wieners because the products may contain Classic Cheese Dogs in the Classic Wieners' packages.
  • Boyfriend shoots and kills ex-girlfriend

    Boyfriend shoots and kills ex-girlfriend

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:28 PM EDT2014-04-21 00:28:41 GMT
    A violent dispute tears a family apart. Witnesses say a man shot and killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend Saturday. Now, he's in custody and the couple's two other children are left without parents.
    A violent dispute tears a family apart. Witnesses say a man shot and killed his pregnant ex-girlfriend Saturday. Now, he's in custody and the couple's two other children are left without parents.
  • Michigan's Most Wanted: Search for 3 killers

    Michigan's Most Wanted: Search for 3 killers

    Sunday, April 20 2014 7:58 PM EDT2014-04-20 23:58:55 GMT
    A special Michigan's Most Wanted. We're looking for the people responsible for three murders. Crime Stoppers will take your call right now at 1-800-SPEAKUP.
    A special Michigan's Most Wanted. We're looking for the people responsible for three murders. Crime Stoppers will take your call right now at 1-800-SPEAKUP.
  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
Powered by WorldNow

205 N. Michigan Avenue
Ground Floor
Chicago, IL 60601
Station Operator: (312) 565-5532
Newsroom: (312)565-5533

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices