- Jun 5, 2018
- Derby, United Kingdom
- Real Name
I've heard about the Willow Run plant, have you seen the videos on YouTube?Not an aircraft, but of great significance to the history of aviation. The buildings in the photo are from the Willow Run WWII B-24 Liberator bomber plant. The larger building on the left has the repair hangers and control tower. After the bombers were built crews took them up for a shakedown flight. Any problems were repaired on site before the planes were ferried to their destinations.
The building on the right is what remains of the bomber plant itself. The Yankee Air Force was able to save 144,000 Sq. Ft. of the original 3,500,000 Sq. Ft. plant that will eventually be the new museum. The plant had dual assembly lines, each of which were a mile long. The green doors on the left side are where the completed bombers rolled out, the high security room that stored the Norden bomb sights is just inside the doors. Naysayers called it 'Ford's Folly' or "Will-it Run" because no one believed Ford could do what he said. At its peak the plant turned out a bomber every 58 minutes.
I am very proud to say that my mother was an original Rosie the Riveter, and worked at the plant in 1942.
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