airplane http://michiganradio.org en An interview with Rosie the Riveter http://michiganradio.org/post/interview-rosie-riveter <p>There's a song from 1942 written by Red Evans and John Jacob Loeb that celebrates one of the most important groups to emerge on the home front in World War Two.</p><p>Collectively known as "Rosie the Riveter," women covered their hair with bandanas and picked up their tools to work in war production in factories all across America.</p><p>One of the most important plants in the war effort was the Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township. Henry Ford built it to make B-24 bombers. 8, 685 bombers rolled off the assembly line at Willow Run during the war.</p><p>Emma Rancour was one of those Rosie the Riveters who worked at Willow Run. She installed radios in the flight decks of those Liberators.</p><p>These days, Emma Rancour lives in South Lyon. She joined us today to talk about her time at the plant.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.</em></p><p> Mon, 29 Jul 2013 21:23:20 +0000 Stateside Staff 13738 at http://michiganradio.org An interview with Rosie the Riveter A close-up look at a Willow Run WWII bomber in flight http://michiganradio.org/post/close-look-willow-run-wwii-bomber-flight <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The old GM Willow Run assembly plant, the same plant where Rosie the Riveter once worked, is in danger of being demolished. That is, unless the Yankee Air Museum can raise $4.5 million dollars in the next 15 days, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/air-museum-hopes-save-part-historic-plant-where-rosie-riveter-worked">as Tracy Samilton reported</a>.</span></p><p><a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/willow-run-bomber-plant-could-be-new-home-yankee-air-museum"><span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px;">We also interviewed Dennis Norton, founder of the Yankee Air Museum, and Ray Hunter, the current Chair of the Museum, about their efforts to save the plant on Stateside.</span></a></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The museum hopes to use the old plant to house its collection of exhibits and historic planes.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">One of these planes is the B-17G "Yankee Lady," a bomber developed for the United States Air Force during World War II. The</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;Yankee Lady is one of the few remaining models of the Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers that remain flyable today.</span></p><p>Michigan Radio's Tracy Samilton and Alana Holland got to experience first hand this historic plane in action. View the slideshow above for a look at the Yankee Lady in flight.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 19:56:48 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 13605 at http://michiganradio.org A close-up look at a Willow Run WWII bomber in flight Air Museum hopes to save part of historic plant where Rosie the Riveter worked http://michiganradio.org/post/air-museum-hopes-save-part-historic-plant-where-rosie-riveter-worked <p></p><p>With the touch of a button, a&nbsp;massive two-story-tall bay door opens slowly,&nbsp;as an insistent alarm&nbsp;sounds, to&nbsp;reveal part of the former Willow Run bomber plant near Ypsilanti, Michigan.&nbsp;A heavy waft of must and dampness&nbsp;rushes out from the dark interior.</p><p>Once,&nbsp;scores of B-24 bombers exited these bay doors, on their&nbsp;way to aid the&nbsp;American war effort.&nbsp;</p><p>"It works better than my garage door back home," says Grant Trigger with a grin, as the more than&nbsp;60-year-old doors lift.</p><p>Trigger is&nbsp;the Michigan Cleanup Manager for RACER Trust, which handles the vacant&nbsp;GM Willow Run Assembly Plant, along with scores of other properties abandoned by the&nbsp;automaker as part of its bankruptcy reorganization in 2009.&nbsp;</p><p>The factory&nbsp;began its life as a Ford Motor Company World War II factory, famous for being the place where Rosie the Riveter worked.&nbsp;GM later bought the plant and converted it to make automobiles.</p><p>But soon&nbsp;it will be demolished, unless a modest museum can raise more than $4.5 million in the next 15 days.</p><p> Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:36:07 +0000 Tracy Samilton 13597 at http://michiganradio.org Air Museum hopes to save part of historic plant where Rosie the Riveter worked Taxiing Southwest planes touch wings in Detroit http://michiganradio.org/post/taxiing-southwest-planes-touch-wings-detroit <p>Two <a href="http://www.southwest.com/">Southwest Airlines</a> planes struck each other while leaving adjacent gates at Detroit Metropolitan Airport. Southwest spokesman Chris Mainz says no one was hurt when the planes' winglets collided Saturday morning.</p><p>Both jets returned to their gates, and all passengers and crew got off.</p> Sat, 16 Mar 2013 20:36:03 +0000 Associated Press 11725 at http://michiganradio.org Taxiing Southwest planes touch wings in Detroit Small plane crashes in Monroe http://michiganradio.org/post/small-plane-crashes-monroe <p><strong>Update 3/30/2011, 6:32 a.m.:</strong></p><p>A Federal Aviation Administration spokeswoman says three people have been killed after a small, single-engine Piper airplane crashed into a Monroe city park, the Associated Press reports. From the AP:</p><blockquote><p>Police and other emergency personnel responded to the Tuesday afternoon crash at Munson Park. A police dispatcher says reports of the crash came in at 4:04 p.m.</p><p>Munson Park is at the southeast corner of Monroe Custer Airport, about 35 miles southwest of Detroit and just north of the Ohio state line.</p><p>FAA Spokeswoman Elizabeth Isham Cory says her agency is investigating the crash. The investigation will be led by the National Transportation Safety Board.</p><p>Tracking service FlightAware.com reports that the plane left an airport in Bedford County, Pa., at 2:26 p.m. and was due in Monroe at 4 p.m.</p></blockquote><p><strong>3/29/2011, 5:12 p.m.:</strong></p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Police and other emergency personnel are responding to a small plane crash at Munson Park in the city of Monroe.</p><p>A police dispatcher says reports of the crash came in at 4:04 p.m. Tuesday.</p><p>It was not immediately known if anyone on the plane or on the ground suffered any injuries.</p><p>Monroe is about 35 miles southwest of Detroit and just north of the Ohio state line.</p></blockquote><p>This from <a href="http://www.myfoxdetroit.com/dpp/news/local/plane-crash-near-monroe-custer-airport-20110329-wpms">FOX 2 News</a> in Detroit:</p><blockquote><p>FOX 2 News is learning there has been a small plane crash near Monroe Custer Airport in Munson Park just across North Custer Road from the airport.</p><p>Witnesses tell us they could see smoke coming from the area.</p><p>We spoke by phone with a man who works nearby. He says he saw the burning plane and heard there were three people on board.</p><p>A second caller tells FOX 2 he&#39;s hearing there are three victims, as well.</p><p>Firefighters and police are on the scene. Wed, 30 Mar 2011 10:53:49 +0000 Mark Brush 1838 at http://michiganradio.org Part of terminal at Detroit Metro Airport evacuated http://michiganradio.org/post/part-terminal-detroit-metro-airport-evacuated <p><strong>UPDATE 10:45 a.m.:</strong></p><p>A suspicious package forced the evacuation of part of the <a href="http://www.metroairport.com/">Detroit Metro Airport</a> today.</p><p>Mike Conway is an airport spokesman. He says baggage handling workers alerted security officials after a box containing electronic equipment and loose wiring entered the building. The box was being moved from one airplane to another.</p><p>Conway says the security officials closed 8 gates in the McNamara Terminal while they investigated the box.</p><blockquote><p>&nbsp;<em>“The area below that is where the nuts and bolts where all the processing of all the luggage, packages and stuff like occur…this package was on a belt…in the bag makeup area for that section of gates.’"</em></p></blockquote><p>Conway says the box did not originate in Detroit. He says the shipper is being contacted.</p><p><strong>9:15 a.m.:</strong></p><p>Part of a terminal at <a href="http://www.metroairport.com/">Detroit Metropolitan Airport </a>has been evacuated, the Associated Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/01/terminal_at_detroit_metro_airp.html">reports</a>. Authorities say the evacuation occurred after a suspicious box was found at an area for loading cargo and luggage onto planes.&nbsp; <a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/detroit/index.ssf/2011/01/terminal_at_detroit_metro_airp.html">According to the AP</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Airport spokesman Mike Conway says the box was found about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday and passengers were removed from part of Concourse B at the McNamara Terminal out of "an abundance of caution." Conway says planes that were to use gates at the concourse were using other gates at the airport. The concourse at the airport in Romulus primarily is used by regional aircraft.</p><p>He says details about why security officials determined the box to be suspicious weren't immediately available.</p></blockquote><p> Tue, 25 Jan 2011 15:45:10 +0000 Zoe Clark & Steve Carmody 992 at http://michiganradio.org Part of terminal at Detroit Metro Airport evacuated