Willow Run Bomber Plant

Willow Run: The Story Behind Henry Ford’s “Tax Turn”

There are many rumors around town about why Ford's Willow Run WWII B-24 assembly line takes a 90-degree turn at the end, enabling the finished bombers to exit the plant on the Washtenaw side of the county line… but here's the real story! A look at the map reveals that the old bomber plant lies snug up against the… Continue reading Willow Run: The Story Behind Henry Ford’s “Tax Turn”

Rosie The Riveter, Willow Run Bomber Plant

A Real Rosie the Riveter

  We were delighted to discover real, elderly Rosie the Riveter Frances attending the Open House at the Willow Run Bomber Plant that followed the Arsenal of Democracy Conference. Frances, who is 91, worked at the plant during WWII, making B-24 Liberator bombers on the assembly line. She lived in Detroit at the time, and… Continue reading A Real Rosie the Riveter

Rosie The Riveter, Willow Run Bomber Plant

Real Rosie the Riveter Has B-24 Blueprint

  It's always a special pleasure to meet a real, live Rosie the Riveter, and we were delighted to discover Margaret attending the Arsenal of Democracy Conference. Margaret, who will be 89 this November, worked in the blueprints department of the Willow Run Bomber Plant during World War II. She told us that she had… Continue reading Real Rosie the Riveter Has B-24 Blueprint

Willow Run Bomber Plant

WWII Veteran and a Man Who Was a Boy in Germany During WWII Attend Arsenal of Democracy Conference

At today's Arsenal of Democracy Conference at Yankee Air Museum, I had the pleasure of sharing a lunch table with Chester and Jim. Jim, at right, is a World War II veteran, who was training as a pilot to fly the B-25 Mitchell (a two engine bomber—the Yankee Air Museum owns and maintains a flyable… Continue reading WWII Veteran and a Man Who Was a Boy in Germany During WWII Attend Arsenal of Democracy Conference

Willow Run Bomber Plant

A Gentleman Who Worked at Willow Run With the Rosies

After today's Arsenal of Democracy Conference at the Yankee Air Museum, the public was given an opportunity to step inside the Willow Run Bomber Plant to see it one last time before most of it is demolished to make way for a connected-vehicle test facility. It was also announced today that demolition would be configured… Continue reading A Gentleman Who Worked at Willow Run With the Rosies

Art, Miles, Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant

11 Year Old Boy Draws Bombers to Save Willow Run

This is Miles. He's 11, and he loves the Willow Run Bomber Plant. The Rosies heard about him when we were talking with tailgaters at a recent U of M football game. But we had no way to find him. Fortunately, he and his family heard we were at the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti,… Continue reading 11 Year Old Boy Draws Bombers to Save Willow Run

Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant, Willow Run Grand Opening

Willow Run Grand Opening Part I: a B-24 Bomber Flies up from Smyrna, TN

I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Homer Hinchliff of Willis, Michigan at the Orphan Car Show in Ypsilanti. Mr. Hinchliff says his dad, Lt. Col. Edward Hinchliff, was present during the 1940s at the grand opening ceremony for the Willow Run Bomber Plant, east of Ypsilanti, Michigan. Mr. Hinchliff says his dad was a… Continue reading Willow Run Grand Opening Part I: a B-24 Bomber Flies up from Smyrna, TN

Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant, Willow Run Grand Opening

Willow Run Grand Opening Part 2: Rats on a Plane!

Another great story from Mr. Homer Hinchliff of Willis, MI. Homer's father, Lt. Col. Edward Hinchliff, with his B-24 Liberator bomber, was present at the Grand Opening of the Willow Run Bomber Plant. But this story is about what happened after the war. Lt. Col. Hinchliff was on his way home in his B-24 after… Continue reading Willow Run Grand Opening Part 2: Rats on a Plane!

Little People, Orphan Car Show, Willow Run Bomber Plant, Ypsilanti

Little People at the Willow Run Bomber Plant

I dressed as Rosie the Riveter today at the Orphan Car Show to benefit the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum (another treasure from Ypsilanti's distinguished industrial past.) And, as usual, I met a lot of very interesting people with a connection to Willow Run. For example, a guy whose dad came up from southern Ohio to… Continue reading Little People at the Willow Run Bomber Plant

Rosie The Riveter, Video, Willow Run Bomber Plant

Willow Run Rosies Make a Video

A wonderful group of people got together to help the Willow Run Rosies make this video. Rosie Jane Vass was the producer and choreographer, and the star is Alison Beatty, the original "Tribute" Rosie. Alison is a University of Michigan grad student who saw the Save The Willow Run Bomber Plant sign at the corner… Continue reading Willow Run Rosies Make a Video