Yankee Air Museum To Host Inaugural Gala

The Yankee Air Museum will hold an Inaugural Gala on Saturday, October 9, 2010.

On October 9, 2004, the Yankee Air Museum suffered a terrible fire that destroyed the historic hangar housing the museum.

While the heart of the collection survived, the museum did, however, lose virtually all of the tooling, equipment and spare parts for all of the aircraft, all of the office and display fixtures and equipment, and more than 35,000 artifacts and 8 aircraft totaling well over $4,000,000 in replacement value.

Beginning October 10, 2004 the museum began its rebirth and will be celebrating the vitality and strength of this museum on the weekend of October 9th and 10th, just six years after the fire.

About The Yankee Air Museum
In 1981, a group of enthusiastic people, adopting the name Yankee Air Force, shared the desire to preserve the facts and glamour of southeastern Michigan’s aviation history. They began to lay plans to research, restore, and preserve the all but forgotten history of Willow Run Airport.

Their initial goal was to aquire one of the original U.S. Army Air Force’s hangars and restore it to its original condition. With the help of Wayne County, the owners of the airport, this first goal was accomplished and the Yankee Air Museum was born.

The YAM now has three divisions: Saginaw Valley and Wurtsmith Divisions in Michigan and the Northeast Division in New Jersey.

Saturday, October 9, 2010
6:00 PM (VIP access at 5:00 PM)
Yankee Air Museum Collections & Exhibits Building
47884 D Street
Willow Run Airport
Belleville, MI 48111
Tele: 734-483-4030

www.yankeeairmuseum.org

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