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Status of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:38 am

I lived in Ypsilanti when I was a kid and remember going out to Willow Run and watching airplanes with for hours at a time. It's been over 20 years since I was last there and I'm sure a lot has changed.

Can anyone give me a rundown on what's happening at one of my favorite airports in the world?
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Status of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:45 am

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Status of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 3:58 am

Last time I visited Ypsilanti there were several cargo operations active there. According to their website http://www.willowrunairport.com/ they have 100,000 operations there annually. From what I saw, I believe it. Lots of old freighters.

The reason for my visit was to see the Yankee Air Museum. http://yankeeairmuseum.org Well worth the trip! thumbsup 
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Status of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 6:23 am

Didn't the yankee air museum burn down?
 
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RE: Status Of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:17 am

When I was by there last summer, they were building a new museum, probably for expansion, and thus it was closed.

The airport itself looks about as worn as the cargo aircraft in and out of there.

I believe they've closed off a couple runways in the past couple years, I recall seeing lighted X's standing off the end of a couple runways when I drove around it.
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RE: Status Of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:34 am

Quoting FSPilot747 (Reply 3):
Didn't the yankee air museum burn down

Yes. Sadly, they lost several small aircraft under restoration, almost all their tools, parts and a large collection of artifacts. Good news is they saved all of their flying collection. IIRC they are to build a new facility, remaining at Willow Run.
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RE: Status Of Willow Run Airport?

Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:58 am

Quoting 87GROUNDED (Thread starter):
a rundown on what's happening

1. Significant cargo operations at night.

2. Not in any way knocking your posting of this subject. I put a post up recently that probably would be of interest to you since you are asking about Willow Run.

My post was titled: Northwest Ponders Cargo Center At DTW Or YIP

Thread:
YIP#ID3080397" target=_blank>http://www.airliners.net/discussions...97&s=Northwest+Cargo+YIP#ID3080397

Detroit News Article:
http://www.detnews.com/apps/pbcs.dll...e?AID=/20061104/BIZ/611040352/1001

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Another you might be interested in:

Detroit Airport Floats Plan for a Longer Runway

http://www.airportbusiness.com/artic.../article.jsp?siteSection=1&id=3831

I hope this gives you a start at some of the information you are gathering.

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