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This page added 6-12-2016.
Each April the Yankee Air Museum has a
polishing day, during which volunteers polish both the B-17 and
B-25 are polished for the upcoming airshow season. In 2016 the
organization also added a hobby show along with a tour
of the portion of the former Willow Run Bomber Plant that the museum has
obtained. Upon my return from the Bomber Plant tour, I noticed
that the B-17 Yankee Lady had three Studebaker built R-1820 engines on
it. Each Studebaker built engine has a tag on it identifying it as
There was a combination of volunteers
polishing the B-17 and onlookers like me watching them work.
However, I was probably one of the few
persons that noticed that three of the engines on the aircraft were
built by Studebaker in South Bend, IN. With the cowlings off, it
was very easy to see the Studebaker name tag on the nose housing just
behind the propeller. This is the number two engine on "The Yankee
Lady". Author's photo.
On the starboard side of the aircraft, both
engines were built in South Bend, IN by Studebaker. Author's
The number three engine. Author's
The Studebaker name tag on the number three
engine. Author's photo.
In this photo the Studebaker ID tag is
plainly visible, if one knew what he is looking for. Author's