We have a great opportunity to preserve an important part of
our history, and also create an exciting new home for the Yankee Air Museum!
At the peak of its production during World War II, the
Willow Run Plant produced B-24 Liberator bomber planes at the astonishing rate
of one every hour, and employed over 40,000 workers, including many pioneering
women assembly line workers, collectively nicknamed “Rosie the Riveter.” Willow
Run produced more aircraft very month than Japan did in a year, earning it, and
southeast Michigan, worldwide fame as “The Arsenal of Democracy.”
It will cost a total of $8 million to save part of the plant
as the new, improved home of the Yankee Air Museum and its fleet of flyable
historic aircraft. $3 million in funding has already been secured, but the
Michigan Aerospace Foundation must raise an additional $5 million in funding by
August 1, 2013. Time is short, the fundraising goal ambitious, and the stakes
high. If we fail, our part of the plant will share the fate of the rest of the
building, and a valuable piece of our history could be lost in its entirety.
Just as the Willow Run workers helped win World War II…
together, we can do it!
Do your part. Click on the big, red “Donate” button, and
give generously…. and please tweet, post and share to spread the word!
The Michigan Aerospace Foundation
The Yankee Air Museum
Campaign Co-chairmen Astronaut Jack Lousma and GM Executive