Willow Run Bomber Plant Air Traffic Control Tower, 1943

Summary

Ford Motor Company built 8,685 B-24 bomber airplanes at its Willow Run, Michigan, plant during World War II. At its peak in 1944, the factory produced one plane every 63 minutes. Most of the bombers left Willow Run under their own power, requiring an on-site airport. The airport and its crew could accommodate up to 20 takeoffs an hour.

Ford Motor Company built 8,685 B-24 bomber airplanes at its Willow Run, Michigan, plant during World War II. At its peak in 1944, the factory produced one plane every 63 minutes. Most of the bombers left Willow Run under their own power, requiring an on-site airport. The airport and its crew could accommodate up to 20 takeoffs an hour.

Artifact

Photographic print

Date Made

29 January 1943

Collection Title

General Photographs Series 

 On Exhibit

By Request in the Benson Ford Research Center

Object ID

P.833.77415.2

Credit

From the Collections of The Henry Ford. Gift of Ford Motor Company.

Material

Paper (Fiber product)
Linen (Material)

Technique

Gelatin silver process

Color

Black-and-white (Colors)

Dimensions

Height: 7.938 in

Width: 10.875 in

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