DIAMOND LIL returned to the skies in 2019 following engine replacements and other much needed upgrades. She completed a successful 2019 season with the AirPower History Tour, and we now turn our attention to the upcoming 2020 tour season, which will feature the prospect of the Arsenal of Democracy Washington DC flyover, along with many other exciting stops yet to be announced.
Although not as recognizable as the iconic B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator arguably had a larger impact on World War II. Liberators were flown by all branches of the United States Armed Forces, operated in all theatres of operations and were flown by several Allied nations as well. More than 18,400 were manufactured, making the Liberator the most produced four-engine bomber in history. Of those, only two remain airworthy today. DIAMOND LIL is an “A” model, one of the first built and remains the oldest four-engine bomber in the world still flying.
DIAMOND LIL is more than an airplane. She is a tangible symbol connected to the World War II era and The Greatest Generation. As such she is a time machine. As an integral part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, she travels across America, providing Americans all over the country the opportunity to experience history and she provides a rare glimpse into the meaning of freedom, service and sacrifice every time she visits a new community.
The focus of this year’s 12 Planes of Christmas campaign is the continued funding of ongoing care and maintenance needs of this venerable aircraft. Among the most pressing needs is a spare engine, which comes at a price tag of $60,000. Our goal is to raise $10,000 for this effort though this year’s campaign.
It is our aspiration to keep DIAMOND LIL in the sky, travelling across America and providing Americans of all ages and from all walks of life the opportunity to experience history for years to come.
Your contribution will help keep this amazing airplane touring the country honoring the Greatest Generation and continuing to tell their story.