View Full Version : Great loss today

10-09-2004, 05:42 PM
We just experienced a great lose here in the Detroit area. The Yankee Air museum which houses one of a few flying B-17, B-25 and C-47 just went up in flames. The hanger was an orginal hanger built during the war and contained a good amount of historical avaiation artifacts and information. We had one of the largest airshows in the country. I don't know whether or not the planes are fine but will post more details in the next coming days. If anyone lives in the area we at the museum could use help rebuilding and making it a great museum again. More details to come. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif

10-09-2004, 06:11 PM
Oh the humanity! Seriously, I love the YAM, used to deliver pizzas there in the 80s. I have ZERO time to help, but my thoughts will be with you.


10-09-2004, 06:47 PM
Oh **** http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_frown.gif Hopefully things will not be bad at all and the that the A/C are not badly damaged

10-09-2004, 07:09 PM
Well I just got a call from the YAF and the planes are safe!!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif The bad news so far is the hanger where all the artifacts and documents were are lost. I work in the library and few will know how much we lost. All those original manuals, pictures, books and such. Until further notice I was told the place is close, the great thing about working there was working with the WWII vets and hearing their stories. I work with a former hellcat pilot and a marine from Iwo Jima. How cool it is to hear their experiences.

10-09-2004, 07:31 PM
sad the books and stuff are gone, but surely its not as bad as loosing an aircraft. I hope everthing can be sorted to the best it can http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

10-10-2004, 01:56 AM
Which is worst depends on which is replaceable. If there are other planes of a type but not the documents it is worse if you lose the documents.

It's time to get documents digitised and properly curated in a fire-proof way!

10-10-2004, 04:11 AM
This is why people should digitize all their documents... The time and effort taken to scan old documents and photos to a DVD is miniscule compared to the permanent loss of knowledge to future generations.

10-10-2004, 08:29 AM
Here is the article about the fire.


10-10-2004, 08:39 AM
Unbelieveable..... I can't even imagine it. Glad Yankee Lady and the rest are safe tho. I flew on her in 2002 and saw her and the guys at Mid Atlantic again this past June.

10-10-2004, 10:35 AM
Its more than just the printed information. We lost various planes in the process of being restored, historical uniforms, medals, B24D chin turrent, norden sight and many many other items that are not replaceable.

10-10-2004, 10:45 AM
Terrible...absolutely terrible...

Here's a pic from their site of one of the museum rooms:

10-10-2004, 04:38 PM
If there's anyway I can help, I'm here. I don't have money but I have a good back. I drove my P-40 straight into the virtual ground last night when news came on tv. I went down this after noon to see and pay my respects. There was a steady stream of people coming in and going out. Lots of vets and museum workers from what I could tell.

10-10-2004, 04:58 PM
i understand the hurting guys, you got the three main editions out so thats some good news.
i wish i could help but i live in uk
my best wishes goes out to the people who work at YAM that have put their hard work into that place and i just hope you can recover some of the stuff http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif


10-10-2004, 07:19 PM
TAA_trouble4u already posted these links but since this is the main thread I thought I would put these links here. THANKS TAA. http://www.yankeeairmuseum.org/index.html
Hope the links work. Scroll down the second link and you can see the hanger that we lost. Thank you everyone for the replys. TAA and others hope to see you out there one of these days.

10-13-2004, 02:09 AM
I don't know WHY I didn't realize this sooner... But I actually went to this museum 2 summers ago! Hell I still have a bottle of B-17 steak sauce in my fridge. Now I feel extra pained about the historical loss :/

10-14-2004, 05:48 AM
Guys here is the pictures of the museum before and after the fire.
The inside of the hanger before the fire. You can see the various planes in restoration or done.
This last link on the last picture you can see a F4U and a FM2 going into the hanger. Let me tell you those two birds were probably the two best kept and restored warbirds I have ever seen!

10-14-2004, 06:50 AM
God...saw the pics terrible fire....total loss http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/51.gif