Sunday, March 13, 2016

After a museum is destroyed, a historic World War II factory is getting a second life

In 2004, a fire tore through the Yankee Air Museum in southeast Michigan, damaging or destroying thousands of historical aviation artifacts and eight priceless historical aircraft. The museum was left without a permanent facility, relegated to a small 40,000-square-foot space at Willow Run Airport and forced to start over from scratch.

Today, the museum's luck is turning around. It has acquired a 144,000-square-foot chunk of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant, a WWII-era facility that produced 8,685 B-24 Liberator bombers — one every 55 minutes — to fuel the allied war machine. "After going to the verge of losing almost everything, we've come back to attain a national historic structure and move a whole museum into it," says Kevin...

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