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Michigan: Saving a piece of history

A B-25 bomber, part of the Yankee Air Museum collection, is pulled from a hangar near the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Michiga.
A B-25 bomber, part of the Yankee Air Museum collection, is pulled from a hangar near the former Willow Run Bomber Plant in Ypsilanti Township, Michiga. AP

Rosie the Riveter’s old plant in Michigan has officially avoided the wrecking ball now that the Yankee Air Museum has become the owner of a 144,000-square-foot piece of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built B-24 Liberator bombers during World War II. The Save the Willow Run Bomber Plant campaign raised $8 million needed to save the building for the nearby Yankee Air Museum’s new home. The Willow Run factory, which was built by Ford Motor Co., and featured a mile-long assembly line, churned out one B-24 every hour — nearly 9,000 in all. It transitioned to producing cars after the war ended and made them and parts for more than a half-century under the GM name.

Associated Press

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