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Posted on Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 1:20 p.m.

Willow Run Airport to let you get close to history at Bomber Buffing

By Ann Dwyer

Doing manual labor for free is not something a person would generally sign up for. However, polishing vintage flying war planes would be something to pay for. But you don't have to! You can lovingly wipe down an airplane for free at the Yankee Air Museum Bomber Buffing.

How often do you get to get up and close with remnants from history? Big, loud remnants from history that can do tricks in the air? You get to say you went bomber buffing and get free pizza!

Bring a can of Mothers or Meguiar's Aluminum Polish and plenty of clean soft rags. Wear your Saturday worst; this is a dirty job.

If you become a Member of the Yankee Air Museum you will receive a free cockpit photo in the Yankee Lady B-17.

Saturday, April 6, 2013. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Free. In Hangar 1 at Willow Run Airport, off Airport Drive in Ypsilanti Township. 734-483-4030



Thu, Apr 4, 2013 : 6:37 p.m.

We already have a cockpit picture. When ours was 3 before the burning of the original building. It was a birthday party. What fun memories this was. This sounds like even more fun. Sadly, I am tied up this weekend.

Usual Suspect

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 5:51 p.m.

I did this one year, and I'm amazed at how much aluminum oxide I got all over me. But that was OK, because then I knew it wasn't on the aircraft anymore. I enjoyed helping care for these great pieces of history. It's not a great job for young ones, because they're not allowed to use the ladders and the aft section of the B-17 fuselage is the only thing they can reach, because it's the only tail-dragger.

Usual Suspect

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 7:23 p.m.


Top Cat

Tue, Apr 2, 2013 : 6:15 p.m.

You are correct in that there is a limit to how much polishing the children can do. But this is one of the best opportunities for people to see these planes up close. There is no better way for kids to learn about this part of our history.