Mar 11, 2016

The Yankee Air Museum is known for its epic events – do you remember when 2,096 Rosie the Riveters broke a world record last September? The next historical soiree is American Bistro Night – an annual event featuring dinner, swing dancing, live Big Band music, and the Ladies for Liberty, a vintage music trio. This is the twelfth event of its kind, and this year the dinner will be held in Hangar 1 – for an up-close dining experience with the historic aircrafts!

Swing dancers, historians and food-lovers will unite to support the historic Willow Run Airport for this historical event on April 30. A USO-style 1940’s dance will commence, with the Couriers Orchestra and the Ladies for Liberty performing. A classic 1940s American meal is included in the ticket cost, and there will be a cash bar on-site for refreshing beverages. The event organizers are hoping to see many attendees dressed in 1940’s style and ready to swing and sway to the sounds of the World War II era.

The Yankee Air Museum honors the B-24 Bomber Plant that was built in 1941, and seeks to preserve the history of this significant place. At its peak, the Bomber Plant employed over 42,000 people and produced a B-24 every hour. When World War II ended, the Bomber Plant closed, ending an era at Willow Run. In the early 1980’s, an effort began to restore an Air Force hangar, acquire a Bomber built at Willow Run, and open the Yankee Air Museum – delighting war historians and aircraft enthusiasts ever since.  Today, visitors can view exhibits, visit the library and archives center, attend programs, and even book flights on restored B-17, B-25 and C-47 Bombers. This event, and its silent auction, will support the work of the Museum and the continued restoration of historic wartime artifacts.

To learn more about the Yankee Air Museum and the important work happening there, put the American Bistro Night on your calendar and travel back in time to the 1940’s for swing dancing, drinks and dinner among the historic gems at Willow Run Airport.

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