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*Willow Run Airport has a rich history, dating back to 1941 when Henry Ford and Charles Lindbergh built the worlds largest bomber facility at the airport.

*During World War II, almost 8,700 B–24 "Liberator" bombers were built at Willow Run. During its peak production, the plant employed 42,000 people including "Rosie the Riviter".

*I–94 freeway was extended to Willow Run by Henry Ford to ease transportation to the bomber plant.

*After the war, the bomber plant was converted into a luxury passenger terminal. Commercial airline traffic was transferred from Detroit City Airport, and Willow Run became Detroit’s principal airport.

*In 1947, the federal government sold Willow Run to the University of Michigan for $1.00.

*In the 1950’s, some commercial air traffic began moving from Willow Run to Detroit Metro Airport. By 1966, all commercial airline traffic moved to Metro. Willow Run has been a cargo, general aviation and executive aviation airport since.

*In 1977, the University of Michigan sold Willow Run to Wayne County for $1.00.

*Today, Willow Run is one the United States biggest cargo airports.


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