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Outreach: Speakers & Rosies

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Speakers Bureau

Our Museum offers skilled speakers for your group or audience, delivering informative and engaging hour-long programs with Q&A sessions. Visual aids are often utilized, necessitating A/V support. We prefer venues within 25 miles but can arrange Zoom or in-house presentations for more distant locations. See our topics and fill out a form to request a presenter. 

Parades and Events

Tribute Rosies

The Michigan Flight Museum proudly showcases its Rosie the Riveter Drill Team and the Tribute Rosies, offering their vibrant presence for parades and special events. These dedicated groups embody the spirit of the iconic Rosie the Riveter, honoring the contributions of women in wartime industries. From their authentic attire to their spirited performances, they captivate audiences with their homage to history.

Whether it’s a patriotic parade, a community celebration, or a corporate event, having Rosie and her team adds a touch of nostalgia and inspiration. Click below to learn more about what they have to offer, and to fill out a request form for your next special occasion. 

Speakers bureau

PRESENTATION TOPICS

Topics for presentations include but are not limited to the following topics. Click. the button below or at the end of this section to request a presenter. 

THE HISTORY OF WILLOW RUN

Willow Run’s remarkable history – now spanning over 80 years – is a microcosm of America. On what was once agricultural land, Willow Run has seen aviation and automotive manufacturing, new technologies, commercial and cargo air traffic, an aviation history museum, and much more. Our team of speakers have three options for your group, each focusing on a different aspect of the story:

HOW DETROIT SAVED THE WORLD: THE WILLOW RUN STORY

The Presentation will have a short history of the Yankee Air Museum. The “Willow Run story” starts with Roosevelt’s call in May of 1940 for mobilization to build 50,000 airplanes per year. It will go over the world and national events leading up to the decision to involve the auto industry in the construction of airplanes for WWII and ultimately to build the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Bill Knudsen would mobilize the auto industry. Detroit would go on to produce the parts that ensured massive bomber production.

The Allies won WWII due to the overwhelming production capability of the US. This is the little known story of WWII. The story of how American Businesses produced victory in WWII needs to be told. Willow Run was the ultimate image of auto industry conversion to aircraft production and the manifestation of the American productive miracle.

WILLOW RUN AND THE STORY OF ROSIE THE RIVETER

This “hour-plus” program highlights the history of the Willow Run B-24 Bomber plant, the inspiring story of Rosie, the Riveter and the involvement of the Yankee Air Museum with the National Veterans History Project.  Presented by a Rosie in period costume, you’ll laugh, cry, chant, cheer and feel good about the teamwork of America as we became the “Arsenal of Democracy” during World War II. Note: a shorter version of this talk is also available.

THE OVERALL HISTORY OF WILLOW RUN

Willow Run’s overall history, including the Bomber Plant, Kaiser Frazer, General Motors, passenger/cargo aviation, and the Yankee Air Museum will be covered. The triumphs and setbacks from the wide range of companies at Willow Run as well as human interest aspects of the story will be presented.

“OPERATION MARKET TIME”

THE U.S NAVY’S EFFORT TO INTERCEPT NORTH VIETNAM’S OCEAN-BORNE RESUPPLY ROUTES DURING THE VIETNAM WAR

The North Vietnamese effort to resupply its forces in South Vietnam has largely focused on the activity on the Ho-Chi-Minh Trail. A lesser known resupply route was the seaborne attempts to supply forces in the south. Supplies could reach South Vietnam in seven days as compared to up to 150 days on the Ho Chi Minh Trail. To counter this seaborne supply route, the U.S. Navy set up interlocking patrols of ships and aircraft that ran 24-hour-a-day coverage of the water around Vietnam. Our speaker flew as a pilot with Patrol Squadron 45 on these patrols and will bring his personal insights on Operation Market Time.

A HISTORIC FLIGHT OF WWII AIRPLANE “ROSIES REPLY” TOLD THROUGH THE EYES OF ROSIE

This 35-minute program will share the fun and excitement experienced by Rosie on the 9-day historic flight of “Rosie’s Reply”, the B-25 Mitchell WWII warbird.  Great pictures introduce you to the crew, the flight routine, the plane, a few WWII veterans and Original Rosies and share with you the humbling experience of flying in this aircraft during peacetime instead of during the dark days of war.  Celebrate the “greatest generation.”

B-52 BOMBER: PRESERVING A LEGEND

The presentation provides an overview of B-52s and their role in the Cold War as one of the most important aircraft in US aviation history.  We will discuss the B-52s role in the Cuban missile crisis, nuclear alert duty, as well as some less well-known missions – such as taking the X-15 airborne before launch.  Our focus will turn to the Museum’s acquisition of B-52D #SN 55-0677 – which flew an estimated 600 combat missions during the Vietnam war. We will conclude with the Museum’s ongoing efforts to preserve the airframe for future generations.

WINGS OF CHANGE: THE WOMEN AIRFORCE SERVICE PILOTS

In the 1970s, the United States Air Force announced it would start accepting women for pilot training for the first time ever. A campaign ensued immediately to rightfully recognize the Women Airforce Service Pilots of World War Two as the first women who ferried aircraft for the U.S. military, learned to fly “the army way,” and proved that women were every bit as capable of pilots as men! A fascinating look into the history of the W.A.S.P.s, their contribution to the war effort, their impact on future generations of women who dared to soar to new heights, and their special connections to Michigan! This presentation will leave you in awe of the women who insisted that a woman’s place is in the cockpit, not in the kitchen!

WALKING OUR GRANDFATHERS’ FOOTSTEPS: A WORLD WAR I DISCOVERY

Have you ever wondered what your grandfathers did in the war? How did they fight, survive, and return home? In this presentation, you will learn how finding some old medals in a dusty desk drawer led us on an odyssey to discover the amazing stories of our grandfathers’ heroism as they navigated the trenches of the Great War in Europe, coming home​, but never speaking of their journey again. Using historical records, artifacts, personal memories, and archival maps, we traced their footsteps from where they landed to where they were wounded. You will learn how you, too, can find out more about your relatives who served. Join us as we celebrate our grandfathers’ courage and heroism and discover a part of our legacy that we never knew before.

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PARADE APPEARANCE

THE DRILL TEAM

Our Rosie the Riveter Drill Team marches in support of the Museum and for the strong women who helped shape our nation. All proceeds go to supporting the Museum’s mission statement of inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national aeronautics and aerospace accomplishments.

The Tribute Rosie’s are recognized where they are! Their routines inspire pride in our nation and celebrate the strength of women across generations. Thank you for your interest in the Tribute Rosie Drill Team.

Please fill out the form below to help us understand how we can best support your parade.

EVENT REQUEST FOR

THE TRIBUTE ROSIES

The Tribute Rosies enjoy attending local events to raise awareness about Michigan Flight Museum’s efforts to preserve and promote our nation’s aerospace and aeronautical accomplishments.

Please fill out the form below to request the Michigan Flight Museum’s Tribute Rosies at your next event!

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Tribute Rosie Drill Team

We are delighted in your interest in the Michigan Flight Museum’s Rosie the Riveter Drill Team! Please fill out the form below to help us understand how we can best support your parade!

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Tribute Rosies Event Request

Be as descriptive as possible in 140 or fewer characters. This is the title that will be used to promote the event.
Indicate the time at which Rosies should arrive. If there are multiple arrival times or shifts please initiate a separate event for each shift.
What time does the event end? Are Rosies required to stay for the duration of the event, or may they come and go at will?
Include name of location, GPS address, plus any special parking or meetup instructions. Exp: "Maybury Town Hall, 123 Main St, Smallton, MI - Look for the polkadot ladies in the parking lot behind the building"
Please answer all three questions: 1. Where are Rosies supposed to park? 2. How much will it cost to park there? 3. If you will be providing parking passes, how should the be picked up and/or distributed to Rosies?
Where should the Rosies meet up when they arrive at the event?
List name(s), cell #(s), email address(s)
Include *EVENT WEBSITE* plus any name(s), cell #(s), email address(s) as applicable.
Estimate and breakdown of expenses to be paid/reimbursed through TRT fund
Please write a brief explanation of what makes the event special and what Rosies will be asked to do.
Who should we contact if questions?
Do you have a maximum number, first come/first serve, or unlimited?
Indicate if Plus1's and/or other family members may attend, and if so, what expenses they will need to cover such as additional entry fees.

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The Michigan Flight Museum dedicates itself to educating individuals through the history of American aeronautics, aerospace industries, and their associated technologies while inspiring generations through personal experiences to instill pride in our national accomplishments.

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