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Yankee Air Museum

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

On Saturday, April 27th, the ubiquitous spring rains took a break giving us partly sunny skies and nice driving weather to the Yankee Air Museum. Our group was joined with another group there at the same time for a docent led tour. Our docent stopped at each display in their 28,000 square foot facility. He shared many stories with details about pilots or crew members who flew the craft, including where it was built, the war(s) it was in, and often with the personal histories of the men and women involved. Their current location is smaller than their prior one, which burned down in 2002. And much smaller than their future facility, which will be in the former factory at Willow Run, currently under construction. However, the stories and rich details overshadow the size of the museum.

Next was a short drive to the Ypsilanti Automotive Heritage Museum. Here we viewed cars no longer in production, but forever a part of our automotive memory and history. Many brands were represented, including Hudson, Kaiser, Corvair, DeLorean, and others. My personal favorite was the red 1953 Hudson Runner.

Afterward, we walked across the street from the museum to the Sidetrack Restaurant. There we had good food and great conversations. Hard to beat that!

Phil Crutchfield

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