April Film Series: The Story of Willow Run

April 13 2013 | 1:00pm to April 14 2013 | 1:35pm

April 13 & 14

Running Time: 35 minutes

The idea for the Willow Run B-24 Bomber Plant was conceived by Henry Ford, who told the United States government that he could support the aircraft production needs for the coming world war by building B-24s on a production line the same way Ford Motor Company built automobiles at “The Rouge.” By the end of production, the sprawling Willow Run plant was rolling out one B-24 every 55 minutes, 24 hours a day. This is the story of that accomplishment as filmed by the Ford Motor Company in this original, 1945 black and white documentary.