(The 8th Edition)


Victor Edward Swanson,



    The material contained within this page is derived from my "fabulous files" of places that vacationers can see in Michigan and Wisconsin, and, in fact, my fabulous files contain information about hundreds of things to see. The material provided is as a public service of Victor Swanson and The Hologlobe Press. Almost all persons and entities, such as radio stations, may freely use the material; neither AAA Michigan nor any employee of AAA Michigan may use, distribute, download, transmit, copy, or duplicate any of the material presented on this page in any way or through any means.

- - - Travel Thoughts for Everyone - - -

    At two in the morning, the sky is dark and black, and even if it is a summer day, the air at thousands of feet above the ground is cold.  At thousands and thousands of feet above the ground, it is hard for a person to get an impression of the speed in any airplane, even when the airplane is a B-25 bomber, an important bomber for the U.S. during World War II.  When flying high in a B-25 bomber, a person gets no sense of life below.  Neither the sounds of the diesel trains below nor the sounds from the rushing water of the big rivers below get this high.  The roar of the two engines of this medium-range bomber is monotonous, and the shaking and buffeting never stops.  From the tail-gunner position, a person only sees what is being left behind, what little there is to see in the dark.  From the upper turret gun, a person can continually swing around and see the stars to the east, the north, the west, and the south and can stop to look straight above, and what is below goes unseen, as if not there.  From the nose-gunner position, a person has some sense of others, being near the pilot and the co-pilot, and can see out the nose windows to where trouble will soon come.  Certainly, at any moment, a flash of light from an exploding antiaircraft shell could strike the eyes, and some oddly shaped piece of flak could rip through a wing or an engine and set off a fire that could destroy the ship, and all would be gone.

    On Saturday, October 9, 2004, a most unwelcome fire lighted up the evening sky at Willow Run Airport, Belleville, Wayne County.  It was a fire at the Yankee Air Museum.  The fire drew the attention of many people, such as a group of firefighters who were doing what they could with the fire, which had already destroyed the hanger that was the main building of the Yankee Air Museum.  Not far from the fire stood a B-25D, one of several aircraft that had been rescued before it was too late, and also nearby were a C-47/DC-3 and a B-17G, each of which was also removed from the hanger before it was too late.  The following morning, the fire was out, and the heart of the Yankee Air Museum was gone.

    In essence, today, the Yankee Air Museum, which is based at Willow Run Airport, is closed, or it is closed as a fully functioning museum; the guys and gals who operate the museum have set up temporary headquarters for their museum in what was an empty hanger at Willow Run Airport, so the museum does have a headquarters building and is open in limited form.  The operators of the Yankee Air Museum have already made it publicly known that they are going to rebuild the museum, and, in fact, the staffers of the Yankee Air Museum and the staffers of the Michigan Aerospace Foundation are already asking for donations of money and memorabilia so that they can open a more permanent home for the Yankee Air Museum sometime in the future.  A good place to get information about how an individual can help the Yankee Air Museum is the Web site of the Yankee Air Museum, which is at www.yankeeairmuseum.org/.

    I began this edition of Michigan Travel Tips by mentioning the B-25 bomber and giving an impression of being on a B-25 bomber late at night while the B-25 was in the air, maybe on a mission over Sicily.  The B-25 existed in various versions, some of which were the B-25C, the B-25H, and the B-25J; for example, some B-25s had the upper turret gunner near the tail, and some had the upper turret gunner near the pilot, and some B-25s had no co-pilot position.  I happened to base my opening presentation on a B-25 that I saw in a photograph, which had machine-gun locations in the nose, at the tail, on each side of the fuselage, and on top.  The photograph that I have of the B-25 at the Yankee Air Museum does not indicate that the B-25 at the museum has an upper turret.  After World War II, war planes were often converted to do other duty, such as carry cargo.  I do not want you to have the impression that the B-25 described in the first paragraph of this edition of Michigan Travel Tips is a description of the B-25D at the Yankee Air Museum.

    By the way, since the start of 2000, fire has destroyed several tourist attractions that I have had listed in files of places to see in Michigan.  For instance, on March 10, 2000, fire destroyed the museum building of the Father Marquette National Memorial and Museum at St. Ignace, Mackinac County, in the Upper Peninsula, and, on February 12, 2003, fire destroyed the Maybury Living Farm of Maybury State Park, Northville Township (near Northville), Wayne County, in the Lower Peninsula and killed three horses and some other animals.  From time to time, I have to note setbacks in my files and pass along the setbacks to you.

    Your travel tip this time is a place in need of help:

    Yankee Air Museum, Willow Run Airport, Belleville, Wayne County, the Lower Peninsula.

- - - Public Service Copy for Broadcasters (four pieces) - - -

Number One:

    It can be said that the Yankee Air Museum, which is in

Belleville of Wayne County, is one museum in Michigan that

focuses on national and international history.  For example, it has

a B-25D bomber, which was used during World War II, and it has

other aircraft that were used by the U.S. during war.  What is

unfortunate for everyone is the museum is not what it was before

the evening of October 9, 2004; that evening, the museum

proper--which was an airplane hanger and everything in

it--burned down.  Maybe, you heard about the fire.  Much was

lost.  Today, the guys and gals who operate the museum need

help.  For one, if you hear about someone who is about to throw

away materials that could help rebuild the collection of the Yankee

Air Museum, you should let the staffers of the Michigan

Aerospace Foundation and the Yankee Air Museum know about

the materials.  And, in the meantime, tell friends about



Number Two:

    In the winter, Manistee, which is in the northwestern quarter

of the Lower Peninsula, receives a lot of snow.  Because

Manistee gets a lot of snow in winter, many snowmobilers spend

time there in the winter, and when there is enough snow on the

ground at Manistee, snowmobilers are allowed to use parts of

Division Street, First Street, and Walnut Street, which are

designated snowmobile routes.  In addition, snowmobilers may

use the other streets when they are attempting to reach Division

Street, First Street, or Walnut Street.  In Manistee,

snowmobilers must run their snowmobiles on "the extreme

right-hand side of the plowed portion of any roadway," and no

snowmobile may be ridden at more than 15 miles an hour.  If you

plan to snowmobile in the Manistee area, you may ride into

Manistee on that snowmobile.  And The Hologlobe Press reminds

you that, at Manistee, you will find the Lyman Building--which

is a museum--along First Street..


Number Three:

    In early February, people--wrapped up well for cold

weather--gather in the Sand Point/Munising area of the Upper

Peninsula of Michigan for an annual ice-climbing festival.  The

2005 festival--called "Michigan Ice Fest 05"--is coming up

soon, scheduled for February 3, 4, 5, and 6.  What some people

will do during this festival is climb icy cliffs along Lake Superior.

Last year, about 400 climbers took part in the event, and the

upcoming event should also attract hundreds of climbers.

Well-known professional climbers are scheduled to show up,

and, this time, well-known professionals are also going to give

slide shows and teach climbing techniques.  Of course, it's an

event not only for climbers but also for spectators.  For more

information about Michigan Ice Fest 05, you should telephone

Down Wind Sports at Marquette.  And The Hologlobe Press

urges to keep your speed down on those snowy roads this winter.


Number Four:

    Between November and March, people from other states head

to Michigan to do hiking, hunting, ice fishing, and snowmobiling,

and, for visitors, The Hologlobe Press has these reminders.  Even

though the snow season is back, do not transport any ash, which

is a type of wood, since the state of Michigan is one of the states

in the country that is having trouble with the Emerald Ash Borer;

in fact, some parts of the state are under quarantine, and no ash

at all may be transported.  Hunters and hikers often use the

shoulders of roads in winter, and they can sometimes be hard for

motorists to see, so be alert for hunters and hikers along the

roads, especially around dusk and if snow is falling.  Know how

thick that ice really is before you head out for ice fishing, and do

not head out on the ice with a snowmobile till you have made

tests to prove the ice is safe for a snowmobile and you.  And

enjoy your safe vacationing in Michigan this winter.


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copyright c. 2004
File date: 10 November 2004

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