Willow Run bomber plant

Arts & Culture
4:38 pm
Wed April 30, 2014

Organizers say "Save Rosie's Factory" campaign will be a success

One of the real "Rosies" at work at a bomber plant.
Credit Alfred T. Palmer / U.S. Government

It looks like Rosie the Riveter's famous "We Can Do It!" line is proving true once again. 

The campaign to save part of the historic Willow Run bomber plant, where Rosie and thousands of others worked during World War II, says it believes it's raised enough money to keep it from being torn down. 

For the last year or so, the Yankee Air Museum has been trying to raise around $8 million.

That, organizers said, would be enough to buy a corner of the plant and separate it from the rest of the building, which is set to be demolished.

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Stateside
5:02 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Yankee Air Museum sets record for most "Rosies;" now about that bomber plant

One of the real "Rosies" at work at a bomber plant.
Credit Alfred T. Palmer / U.S. Government

A few weeks ago, 778 women of all ages donned coveralls, tied their hair up with bandanas, and headed to the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport in southeast Michigan to try to break a world record.

And now it's official. That gathering has set the Guinness World Record: 778 “Rosie the Riveters” all in one place.

It was the Yankee Air Museum's second try at setting the Guinness World Record for the most women and girls dressed as Rosies, and their second try was a charm.

The original Rosies turned out B-24 "Liberator" heavy bombers at the plant during World War II.

The event helps the museum with the serious business of raising enough money to save the historic Willow Run Bomber plant from demolition.

The Yankee Air Museum is trying to raise $8 million to buy the old plant from the RACER trust, which oversees liquidation of former GM properties.

The Museum has until May 1 to save the bomber plant from the wrecker's ball.

*Listen to our interview above.

Stateside
4:26 pm
Mon October 28, 2013

Efforts to save the histotric Willow Run bomber plant continue

The Wilow Run Factory was built in 5 months, and at the height of production during WWII, it was producing one B-24 bomber every hour.
U.S. Army Signal Corps

The Yankee Air Museum has been given more time as it tries to save part of an historic factory.

The former Willow Run Bomber plant in Ypsilanti is where Rosie the Riveter built B-24s during World War Two.

Dennis Norton is Chairman of the Yankee Air Museum, and he joined us today.

Listen to the full interview above.

Economy
10:47 am
Mon October 28, 2013

Museum faces final deadline to save part of Rosie's factory

Image of the fire that destroyed Yankee Air Museum
Yankee Air Museum

Historians say Henry Ford reluctantly became part of the American war effort during World War II.

But once he acquiesced, his huge bomber plant in Ypsilanti made a big difference in the ability of American pilots to fight the air war.

By 1945, the Ford signature efficiency and moving assembly line was turning out a bomber every hour, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

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