THE YANKEE AIR MUSEUM
at Willow Run Airport
Founded in 1981 and located in Southeastern Michigan, the Museum quickly grew when it acquired its flyable aircraft, B-17 Flying Fortress, B-25 Mitchell Bomber, and C-47 Skytrain, offering the public the chance to fly in some of America’s most iconic aircraft. In 2004, the Museum experienced a fire that destroyed the original World War Two building that the Museum was housed in, along with most artifacts and aircraft. The efforts to rebuild began immediately, which allowed the Museum to reopen in 2010 in its current location.
Following the success of the Save the Bomber Plant campaign, the Museum purchased a portion of the Willow Run Bomber Plant that produced B-24 Liberators during World War Two. In 2013, the Museum was able to purchase 144,000 square feet of the Plant. The building is currently being used to house and protect of the Museum’s large aircraft acquisitions.
Since the reopening in 2010, the Museum has experienced rapid growth both in their collections as well as in their public programing. The Museum has acquired a dozen static aircraft, five historic flying aircraft, and continues to open exhibits annually. In 2017, the Museum became a part of Unity in Learning, a partnership that brings together the Ann Arbor Hands-on Museum, Leslie Science and Nature Center as well as the Yankee Air Museum in educational programing with a STEAM background.
The Museum’s Air Adventure program is currently located at Hangar 1, approximately five miles from the Museum. As of 2018, the building has been decommissioned for aeronautical use, meaning the aircraft have to move. The Museum is currently focused on building and opening its own Aeronautics Center that will provide a permanent home for their Historic Flying Aircraft Collection, which is, only blocks away from the current Museum.
The Museum continues to build upon their mission to educate individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industries and their associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in their national accomplishments.
The Yankee Air Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industries and their associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments.
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