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The Yankee Air Museum was founded in 1981 as a non-profit organization to restore and maintain World War II era aircraft. The museum’s most iconic aircraft include the B-17 Yankee Lady and B-25D Yankee Warrior. In 2004, the museum suffered a catastrophic loss. All of the museum artifacts were destroyed as well as some of the planes in restoration. Only the three of the flyable aircraft (B-17, B-25 and C-47) survived. In 2009, the Yankee Air Museum purchased a building from the Michigan Institute of Aviation and Technology (MIAT), and the museum re-opened to the public in October of 2010. In 2013, the Yankee Air Museum placed offers to purchase and restore a section of the Willow Run Bomber Plant (former GM Powertrain) as a permanent home for the museum. During World War II, this building housed production of B-24 aircraft and earned a place in aviation history.

The primary objective of this project was to design and coordinate a video showcasing the efforts needed to maintain and prepare the aircraft for events throughout 2016. The video starts with a time-lapse from the April 9th, 2016 Bomber Buffing, which several hundred volunteers spent hours buffing the two aircraft’s aluminum exterior. Near the end of the video, you will see the airplanes fire-up their engines and taxi for the first flights of the 2016 season!

I would like to thank all the volunteers at the Yankee Air Museum for the opportunity to film this documentary. To Dave and Rich, I appreciate the assistance throughout the production! Please share and give thumbs up for the many hours each volunteer spends to keep the aircraft flying!

Song Title: “Ready To Fly”
Artist: Score Squad