Aviation museum to host Bomber Buffing party

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Updated: April 5, 2014 at 5:00 am

YPSILANTI TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) — An aviation museum working to help save Rosie the Riveter's old Michigan plant is hosting a Bomber Buffing party nearby.

The free event is being held by the Yankee Air Museum at Willow Run Airport west of Detroit.

Volunteers are asked to come out Saturday and polish to a high gloss the aluminum skin of the B-17 "Yankee Lady" and B-25 "Yankee Warrior."

It's part of an ongoing effort to raise the cash necessary to save part of the former Willow Run bomber plant in Ypsilanti Township. That's where Rose Will Monroe and other workers built a bomber an hour to aid the American war effort.

A group called Save the Bomber Plant recently said it needs to raise $1.5 million by May 1 to prevent demolition.