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    Default SOUTH MICHIGAN - Willow Run Airport, Detroit

    Willow Run was an enormous Ford automobile factory that was converted to produce B-17s and B-24s during the Second World War. Today the building that was used to build the B-24s has been converted to an enormous hangar that houses, among other things, the Yankee Air Museum. I paid a visit there yesterday...

    Here is Willow Run when they were churning out B-24s:


    Here it is today from about halfway down the buidling:


    Here are a couple of the Y.A.M. aircraft. The Yankee Lady (B-17):


    The Yankee Warrior (B-25). There is a 707 trainer/simulator in the background:


    They're still restoring their B-24. It's just an airframe now (no pic - sorry).

    Tom

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    Default Re: Willow Run, Detroit, Michigan

    Willow Run was built as an aircraft factory. It was operated as such by Fords. It was not until after the war that it was changed to automobiles.

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    Default Re: Willow Run, Detroit, Michigan

    Right you are, Phil. Thanks for the correction!

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    Default The Largest Gathering of Heavy Bombers in the World 8thAFHS Special Event

    The 8th Air Force Historical Society is hosting veterans, family members, and their guests at the Willow Run Air Show, located just outside Detroit, August 5 thru 8, 2010. The Air Show organizers are expecting 8 to 10 B-17's to attend , 2 B-24's, 12 P-51's, the usual cadre of other WW-II aircraft, as well as a flying ME-262 and an ME-109. (NOTE: Detroit is also a Non-stop flight from several airports).
    http://www.8thafhs.org/detroit.htm

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    Default Re: The Largest Gathering of Heavy Bombers in the World 8thAFHS Special Event

    WOW! That's a lot of spinners for Detroit!

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    Default Re: The Largest Gathering of Heavy Bombers in the World 8thAFHS Special Event

    Fantastic......I notice the re engined Me 262 is there too. Wish we could see this over here.

    PNK....I've got one of their records somwhere!

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    Default Re: The Largest Gathering of Heavy Bombers in the World 8thAFHS Special Event

    Future not looking good for the site;

    http://www.warhistoryonline.com/war-...emolished.html

    Any of our American friends on the forum close enough to get some photos before it goes?

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