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When you think of impactful industries in Michigan, your mind probably automatically goes straight to automobiles. But think back to World War II, when a factory employed 42,000 workers, a third of those women (Rosie the Riveter ring a bell?), to build B-24 bombers. According to Save the Bomber Plant, The Willow Run Bomber plant produced new bombers at a rate of one airplane every hour at its peak. Some even refer to the plant as the “birthplace of modern manufacturing” because of the way it improved upon manufacturing to take things beyond the assembly line.

Willow Run Bomber plant, Rosie the Riveter

A “Rosie the Riveter” working in the Willow Run Bomber Plant. Image via Save the Bomber Plant.

The Willow Run Bomber Plant is clearly an important chapter in American History; one that Michigan can be proud of. It brought on social change, had a big hand in our ability to win the war, and sparked growth in the southeastern Michigan region that continues on even today. However, despite its impactful history, the Willow Run Bomber plant is not likely to find a buyer to keep it intact.

Because of this, the “Save the Bomber Plant” campaign was created to use the majority of the plant as a museum to tell the story of what Willow Run accomplished and to create a permanent location for the Yankee Air museum. In addition, a smaller critical portion of the plant will be preserved and maintained.

In order to accomplish the $8 million campaign goal, the Michigan Aerospace Foundation must raise $5 million in additional funding. If you’re interested in helping to preserve a piece of history, specifically the eastern end of the plant, donate on the Save the Bomber Plant website.

The introduction of RF System lab’s new VJ-Advance Video Borescope as a must have RVI tool for the US Military continues following high level interest in this new borescope technology at the 2011 F-16/Proven Aircraft Worldwide Review. 
The VJ-Advance Video Borescope is used by all branches of the Armed Services and the opportunity to demonstrate its capabilities to both US and Foreign Military customers made for a successful show. Military and commercial representatives from multiple nations were able to see how the full featured fully articulating VJ-Advance 6.9mm borescope borescope and the new 3.9mm video borescope provides exceptional portability, ease of use and amazing affordability. A great deal of interest was expressed for Foreign Military Sales (FMS).
RF System lab Military Sales  is effectively expanding maintenance applications for military units. Changing paradigms from the traditional remote visual inspection (RVI) use of borescopes for primarily turbine inspection, the VJ-Advance makes RVI more accessible to Airframe, Life support, Corrosion Control, Avionics and other maintenance personnel, because of the easy to use format and affordability. Specific applications where our borescope has been used are helicopter and jet engine maintenance work. The list of potential uses for the VJ-Advance expands as manufacturers seek RVI technology to accomplish nondestructive inspections (NDI) in the production of Carbon Fiber Fuel Probes and hard to inspect wiring bundles. Weighing only 23 oz. the VJ-Advance Video Borescope stores photos, videos and audio for easy download, as well as, instant viewing on the built in LCD display.
Make sure you visit the RF System lab display at most major military trade shows and see for yourself the amazing value of the VJ-Advance Video Borescope. The next scheduled show is the DOD Maintenance Symposium in Fort Worth, Nov 14-17.