The Save The Bomber Plant Campaign is dedicated to preserving a portion of the historic Willow Run Bomber Plant by renovating it to become the new home of the expanded Yankee Air Museum. The new Museum will have new exhibits and innovative programming that will celebrate Willow Run’s unique history, share the excitement of flight, spark an interest in manufacturing and technology, and benefit the local community. Willow Run, with its unique history, offers unsurpassed learning opportunities for children and adults to learn about our local and national history, the changing American workforce, the story of creating “just-in-time” manufacturing, and the economic and social development of this region.
Some notable facts:
· - Over 40,000 women worked at the Willow Run bomber plant between 1942 and 1945. They were employed in almost every aspect of the production process, from drafting blueprints to casting and assembling parts, to test-flying finished airplanes
· - The women of Willow Run assisted in producing 8,685 B-24 "Liberator Bombers" (over fifty percent of all B-24s produced during the war) at the rate of one four-engine bomber produced every 55 minutes.
· For this mighty contribution, Willow Run came to symbolize Detroit's heroic contribution to the war and helped Detroit become known as "the Arsenal of Democracy."