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Old 02-27-2016, 10:51 AM   #1
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The Ford Willow Run B-24 bomber

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The long hanger at Willow Run, Michigan has a 90 degree turn in it so Henry Ford would not have to pay taxes in the next county. That short end is being saved and restored today as a museum. The big hanger doors are still operational after all these years.

This is one of the best and most informative clips about a great American accomplishment, thanks to the Ford Motor Company during WWII.

A Ford Airplane! AMAZING!

Production began here 6 months BEFORE Pearl Harbor! Henry Ford was determined that he could mass produce bombers just as he had with cars, so he built the Willow Run assembly plant and proved it. This was the world's largest building under one roof at the time. This film will absolutely blow you away -- one B-24 every 55 minutes! -- and Ford had its own pilots to test them. And no recalls!



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Old 02-27-2016, 11:39 AM   #2
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The Ford Willow Run B-24 bomber plant

I used to live 12 miles from Willow Run. In the 60's, this was also the main Detroit airport before moving to the current location. My wife tells about flying out of Willow Run in a Lockheed Constellation to see Michigan play in a rose bowl game. I guess the plan to demolish everything didn't happen. I was at Concours d'Elegance in Plymouth Michigan a few years back, and saw some people walking around with signs to "Save the bomber plant".

A great book describing how Edsel Ford built the plant: "The Arsenal of Democracy" Available as hardcover or Kindle from Amazon: Robot Check

BTW, there was an earlier Ford airplane, the Ford Tri-motor FordTriMotor.org

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I read a book named "World War II in the air" in the book it stated that by the later part of the war the U.S. had a single factory that was producing more aircraft that the entire Axis powers. I done remember the name of the factory but it could have been the Willow Run you mentioned.
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Six years ago it was still open. Watched the Blue Angels perform at the air show there.
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Old 02-27-2016, 02:13 PM   #5
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A great video of an amazing accomplishment by Ford.

We visited his original shop at Greenfield Village, MI.

There is a tri-motor that flies at Oshkosh during the EAA event there. Years ago we took our then 11 year old grandson from OR to WV with us stopping at many NPs, the AF Museum, Smithsonian Air&Space, and EAA Oshkosh. I tried to get him a ride in the tri-motor with Chuck Yeager flying it, but during the only time that fit our schedule it was flying with a group of handicapped kids. A disappointment for the grandson, but what a great experience for those kids. We couldn't wait longer because I had to get back to OR for work.

Thanks for posting the video and information about the tri-motor.

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Thanks for posting Ray, very interesting. Something I never new. Just amazing stuff Ford did.
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I think I was there too. I love the sound of the jets overhead. Did they have an F4 flying then too? We came on a Sunday and missed the main attraction on Saturday - I forget what that was.
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Good timing Ray-- There have been a group of WW2 aircraft here in Pensacola the last few days. "Wings of Freedom". A B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and a P-51 Fighter. They are giving rides to the public. The bomber seats go for $450 and the single (2nd) seat in P-51 is $2200 for the short ride and $3200 for a full hour
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Thanks Ray! I had no idea that Henry Ford built airplanes!

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