Yankee Air Force Museum Fire

Discussion in 'General Card Modeling' started by Tolomere, Oct 13, 2004.

  1. Tolomere

    Tolomere New Member

    Hi all...
    I've been a member of Cardmodels.net for a long time now, but I do a whole lot more lurking than posting. :D

    I hadn't seen anything about this yet, so I wanted to let all of you know about a tragic event that happened October 10th, 2004. This is taken from the front page of our web site:

    "The Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport suffered a disastrous fire saturday night that destroyed the historic hangar that housed the museum. The museum staff was able to move the historic B-17, C-47 and B-25 aircraft out of the building, thus saving the heart of the collection. In addition, all the historic aircraft on display outside of the main building were untouched by the fire. While many irreplaceable artifacts, photos and books were lost in the fire, the Volunteers at the museum are thankful that the aircraft collection remains largely intact. Only a small number of non-flyable aircraft that were in restoration inside the hangar were lost.

    The Yankee Air Museum members, staff and volunteers are determined to rebuild the museum facilities and continue the great work that was begun in 1981 by a small group of visionaries who were dedicated to preserving this important piece of aviation and Southeastern Michigan history.

    The Michigan Aerospace Foundation, the sister organization of the museum which was formed to plan and fund future expansion of the museum facilities, will now be working hard to raise the necessary funds to re-build the museum as soon as possible. Working with Willow Run Airport and the Yankee Air Museum, the Foundation will be seeking funding and other help from Foundations, Corporations and Individuals as it works to replace what has been lost.

    The Yankee Air Museum and the Michigan Aerospace Foundation would like to ask that anyone with an interest in helping to rebuild the museum, please contact the Foundation. Also, anyone who has artifacts they would be willing to donate to the museum should contact the Curator, Gayle Roberts.

    A help hotline can be reached at 734-483-4030
    If you recieve a busy signal please keep trying.

    The following people can be contacted to offer your support:

    For the Museum, contact:
    Yankee Air Museum President, Jon Stevens 734-637-2117
    Yankee Air Museum Vice President, Dick Stewart 734-637-8878
    Yankee Air Museum Curator, Gayle Roberts 734-637-8876

    For the Foundation, contact:
    Michigan Aerospace Foundation President, Dennis Norton 734-971-2750
    Michigan Aerospace Foundation Treasurer, Gary Brown 734-316-2216

    Donations may be sent directly to the Michigan Aerospace Foundation:

    Michigan Aerospace Foundation
    Yankee Air Museum Recovery Fund
    P.O. Box 8282
    Ann Arbor MI, 48107-8282
    Also, we are adding donation capability to our website http://www.michiganaerospace.org

    Thank you for your help,
    Dennis Norton
    President Michigan Aerospace Foundation"

    Please know that I am NOT soliciting donations from the members here. I just wanted all of you to know what happened. The guys that are members of the Yankee Air Force are a great bunch of people, and it was a tragic event that this happened.

    If you would like to reach the web site directly, here is the link:

    Thanks for looking!

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