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Preserved part of Rosie the Riveter plant rededicated

Jun 17, 2015

Willow Run Factory and B-24 bombers.
Credit U.S. Army Signal Corps

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP – A preserved section of a plant where Rosie the Riveter built World War II bombers has been rededicated.

The part of the old Willow Run Bomber Plant will become the home of the Yankee Air Museum.

A ceremony was held Tuesday. It marked the beginning of major construction of the National Museum of Aviation and Technology in Washtenaw County's Ypsilanti Township.

The ceremony came 74 years to the day after the dedication of the bomber plant that produced a B-24 every hour at its peak.

Willow Run's state historical marker is being relocated to the area where the museum is being created. It's expected to open in late 2017.

Officials signed papers last fall giving control of a 144,000-square-foot slice of the plant to the museum.