Willow Run B24 Production Exhibit, Michigan

Willow Run B-24 Liberator Bomber
Production Plant Historical Background in WW2.

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Willow Run B-24 Production Plant Information and Historical Background in a Nutshell

Area: Entire Project  1,878 acres, Airport size 1,434 acres, Factory Floor 80 1/4 acres - 3,503,016 sq. ft.- including hangars: 4,734,617 sq. ft.,  Length of willow run factory - East to West:  3,200 feet,  Width of willow run factory:  1,277 feet,  Length of assembly lines: 5,450 feet,  Runways (longest)  7,366 feet, (Shortest)  6,510 feet,  Cost of willow run project:  103,000,000,  Weight of B-24 on delivery 49,900 lbs.  Number of rivets in the B-24 313,237,  Dies made as of December 1944:  29,124, Fixtures in Production:  10,915, Number of wooden floor blocks:  16,000,000,  Fluorescent tubes:  152,000,  Number of windows:  28,855,  Conveyors:  136, Craneways:  29,   Monorails (all buildings)  18 miles, Power requirements: approx.  13,200 KWH, Students trained in school:  50,000,   Water used daily: approx.:  5,000,000 gallons,  Parking lots (capacity)  15,300 cars,   Fuel capacity: (gasoline):  150,000,   Fire Protection:  (Sprinkler heads)  5,212,   Airport concrete used at willow run is equal to a 20 foot highway 115 miles long. 

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BACKGROUND Willow Run: Henry Ford's greatest production achievement. 
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"In sheer magnitude and complexity, the production of the B-24 Liberator bomber at Willow Run represents the greatest mass- production achievement of the industrial age, in war or peace." 

Conceived by Charles Sorensen, Ford's Director Of Production and Executive Vice-President, who said, "As I look back now upon that night, this was the biggest challenge of my production career, bigger than any Model-T assembly line sequence for Highland Park, more momentous than the layout and construction of the great River Rouge." 

Designed by the world renowned architect Albert Kahn, who proclaimed Willow Run to be "The most enormous room in the history of mankind." 


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North Pole Expedition 2005

Photos from many members on the North Pole Expedition 2005.  This exhibit includes snowmobiling, skiing, skydiving, dog sleds, coal mine tours and more. 

Exhibit Added 7 July 2005

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Flight Manual B-24 Liberator

A reprint of the official government handbook designed to show the new cadet  how to fly the aircraft. Heavily illustrated with dozens of photos, diagrams and  charts. 146 pgs., 8½"x 11", sfbd.


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