Cars and Planes

Yankee Air Museum, at Willow Run Airport, had a fun cars and planes event today, presumably to make up for this year’s cancelled air show.

I had some fears when I signed up, like I might feel silly with the only muscle car at a classic car event. But no, this is still the Motor City area, lots of all sorts. From a 1930 Chevy to a 1950 Studabaker, to a 2016 Morgan and all varieties in between. Including an assortment of Mustangs, Corvettes, MGs, Cobras and more modern muscle. Mine was the only Challenger I saw, but not the only 392 Hemi.

Ford Trimotor is the most recent addition to the Museum’s fleet. It should be available for rides/sightseeing soon.
Beautiful afternoon for a fun event.
A little class for the event!
Looks like a cowl fairing is still missing. But it was great to able to get so up close and personal with the planes.
We live about two miles (by air) from the airport, Yankee Warrior buzzes over our house regularly!
This is a B-25C, a very early Mitchell with the field modified package guns on the nose and dorsal turret far to the rear.
It’s no secret I love the B-17! Good thing my wife isn’t the jealous sort! So let’s see a 2019 Dodge Challenger with a 6.4 liter, 485 hp Hemi engine; and a 1945 Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress with four Wright Cyclone R-1820 1200 hp engines. The Challenger could out accelerate it down the runway! But the B-17 can actually get airborne at the end… while carrying guns, bombs and 10 or more people. Obviously its the more practical choice.
Classic metal. Yankee Lady also gives rides all Summer long, we hear those beautiful distinctive round engines frequently!

About atcDave

I'm 5o-something years old and live in Ypsilanti, Michigan. I'm happily married to Jodie. I was an air traffic controller for 33 years and recently retired; grew up in the Chicago area, and am still a fanatic for pizza and the Chicago Bears. My main interest is military history, and my related hobbies include scale model building and strategy games.
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13 Responses to Cars and Planes

  1. ericritter65 says:

    If Ford made airplanes like they make cars, you won’t find me in that trimotor jalopy! Nice pictures!

    • atcDave says:

      Well ouch!
      You know the Trimotor is one of the planes that made commercial air travel viable in the 1920s. It was considered economical and safe! And hey, THAT particular airplane has been flying for almost 100 years!
      Of course we won’t mention the Dodge in the foreground.

  2. Jeff Groves says:

    There’s nothing quite like the sound of a radial engine!

  3. Pierre Lagacé says:

    We must never think we are going to look silly by doing something.

    Even when we regret it we can learn from that experience like when I bought two more model kits last week… Tamiya’s P-51 B and P-47 D Razorback.

  4. Pierre Lagacé says:

    Eduard’s P-39 and ICM Dornier 17?

    • atcDave says:

      Exactly!

      • Pierre Lagacé says:

        These two were part of my binge buying on Amazon. No regrets! Well maybe one… I had bought the weekend edition of the P-39.

      • atcDave says:

        Their older kits don’t have as many cool extras anyway. Really nice thing with the Eduard kit is you can build almost any Airacobra from any boxing. The Hasegawa kit is a little stronger on fine detail, but you have to be more specific on the variant.

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