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The Yankee Air Museum, presently housed in Hangar 2 on the southwest side of Willow Run Airportmarker in Ypsilanti Township, Michiganmarker, is currently accepting visitors for guided tours, while actively pursuing restoration and flight activities, including their largest airshow to date, Thunder Over Michigan in July 2009.

History

The Yankee Air Force Inc. was founded in 1981 to pursue these goals:
  • To preserve a part of Michigan's extensive aviation history.
  • Acquire one of the original USAAF hangars and restore it to its original condition.
  • Obtain a B-24 Liberator built at the Ford Willow Run plantmarker, site of the museum.


Fire and rebuilding

On the night of October 9, 2004, the Yankee Air Museum's hangar on the northeast side of Willow Run (KYIP) burned down. The B-17, B-25 and C-47 were saved through heroic efforts by museum volunteers. The Stinson was at another hangar. Everything else inside the hangar was destroyed, including the original prototype North American YOV-10A Bronco, Waco CG-4A Glider, Republic F-105, Aero L-39, Link Trainer, artifacts, spare parts, tools, and the Museum's library.

There are plans in place to rebuild. The first building was dedicated on April 16, 2007, and the objective of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation, Inc. is to build a greatly expanded, state-of-the-art aviation museum and aerospace facility to replace the lost facility.

Collection

In the Museum's collection are several flyable aircraft. They include:









The Museum Airpark also contains a number of retired aircraft. These aircraft include:

An AT-11 is being restored to flyable status at a hangar near the airpark.

Other large collections of flying historic aircraft



See also



References

  1. O'Leary, Michael, Thunder over Michigan, Air Classics, Nov 2003


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