A fundraising effort is underway to save a portion of the Willow Run bomber plant near Yipsilanti, Michigan. The Michigan Aerospace Foundation says they have until May 1, 2014, to raise the necessary funds to purchase a portion of the property and save a section of the historic plant to house the Yankee Air Museum.
Organizers say every $50 raised saves 1 square foot of the plant. At the peak of production during World War II, the Willow Run plant produced B-24 Liberators at a rate of 1 per hour, employing more than 40,000 workers—including the iconic women assembly line workers collectively known as "Rosie the Riveters."
The Michigan Airspace Foundation estimates it will cost $8 million to save part of the plant and preserve it as part of the new Yankee Air Museum. More than $6.75 million has already been raised and the push is on to raise the remaining $1.25 million by May 1.