Diamond Lil

Diamond Lil Diamond LiL, a B-24A and the oldest four engine WWII bomber flying. She is owned by the Commemorative Air Force and operated by the B-29/B-24 Squadron of the CAF.

During the airshow season she participates in the "Air Power History Tour"..

Operating as usual

Photos from Trent Heidtke's post
09/15/2021

Photos from Trent Heidtke's post

Bill Lavery is a photographer in Colorado who spent some time with our girls over the last few days...
09/03/2021

Bill Lavery is a photographer in Colorado who spent some time with our girls over the last few days...

Some post-processing fun with the Diamond Lil.

Our favorite Liberator looking good!
08/25/2021

Our favorite Liberator looking good!

CAF AirPower History Tour 2021

"Down Low with Diamond Lil"

Aviation Photography by Bill Lavery - Aviation Photography and Digital Art

08/12/2021

A recent visitor to the Airpower Tour shared his experience....
"I would like to thank you guys for the opportunity to fly on Diamond Lil this morning in Rochester. It was a great experience! This was my son's very first plane ride! Everything else now is not going to compare. Thanks again and keep up the good work."

Hopefully the Airpower Tour has sparked the love of aviation in this young man!

After being stuck in the hangar for almost two years to fix her landing gear LiL is back out on tour.  Check out her sch...
07/14/2021
Janesville, Wisconsin | airpower-tour

After being stuck in the hangar for almost two years to fix her landing gear LiL is back out on tour. Check out her schedule at www.airpowersquadron.org

The most advanced bomber of World War II, FIFI is the World's Most Famous, Flying, B-29. Book a flight in this iconic bomber that was designed to fly higher and faster than enemy fighters and brought an end to the war.

Early Liberators (British LB-30s) being assembled in December 1940...  Lil's sisters
02/23/2021

Early Liberators (British LB-30s) being assembled in December 1940... Lil's sisters

Early Liberators (British LB-30s) being assembled in December 1940... Lil's sisters

01/04/2021
Diamond LiL in 2015 compliments of Christian Gross of CEG Photography,
11/09/2020

Diamond LiL in 2015 compliments of Christian Gross of CEG Photography,

A day not to be forgotten.
08/15/2020

A day not to be forgotten.

75 years ago today, Japanese Emperor Hirohito, in a radio address to the empire, announced the Japanese government’s surrender. World War II in the Pacific had come to an end. More from the National World War II Museum: https://s.si.edu/30YhmUy #VJDay75

Commemorative Air Force
05/15/2020

Commemorative Air Force

It was #OTD in 1942 that the first Ford-built B-24 Liberator rolled off the line at Willow Run, just 160 days after the US entered WWII. 6,971 more would follow, along with assembly kits for another 1,893, before production ended in June of 1945. At peak production, a Liberator rolled off the line at Willow Run every 63 minutes! Do you know which model B-24 this first Ford-built example was?

B29 B24 Crew Chief's Corner
09/15/2017

B29 B24 Crew Chief's Corner

The facility where many Liberators emerged was started seventy-five years ago yesterday!
04/19/2016

The facility where many Liberators emerged was started seventy-five years ago yesterday!

Wow... 75 years ago today, ground was broken for the historic WWII-era Willow Run Bomber Plant. Learn more about our effort to save, preserve, and renovate a portion of it as our future new home at www.savethebomberplant.org

Early CAF
02/18/2016

Early CAF

Resuming Throwback Thursday after few weeks of absence. Today we are in Harlingen,TX in the mid 60s. In this photo the maintenance hangar on the left and the fighters hangar on the right. Can you recognize all the airplanes? #CAFTBT #ThrowbackThursday

Yankee Air Museum
02/11/2016

Yankee Air Museum

Here is the 1,000th B-24 Liberator created at Willow Run on November 3, 1943. Does anyone know the total number of Liberators that were built at Willow Run?

THE CAF's High Sky Wing officially opened the new Midland Army Air Field Museum last night.  This is an amazing feat con...
02/06/2016

THE CAF's High Sky Wing officially opened the new Midland Army Air Field Museum last night. This is an amazing feat considering the HQ left the area less than six months ago leaving a very bitter taste in the mouth of the communities. It is great for the wing to have overcome! BEST OF LUCK to the new museum.

The CAF High Sky Wing officially opened the new Midland Army Airfield Museum last night.

I don't know if Bob Dorr has any books left, but one heck of an offer to by a true gentleman!
01/14/2016
Commemorative Air Force

I don't know if Bob Dorr has any books left, but one heck of an offer to by a true gentleman!

Renowned Author Robert ‘Bob’ Dorr Donates Book Proceeds to CAF.

Happy birthday to all my sisters.......
12/29/2015

Happy birthday to all my sisters.......

#WOTR #Onthisdayinaviationhistory: The first flight of the Liberator occurs in 1939.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is perhaps the most recognized bomber of World War II. But the Consolidated B-24 Liberator was far more prevalent and had as much an impact, if not more, on the war effort.

When Consolidated was asked by the U.S. Army Air Corps to build the B-17 under license in 1938, they responded by developing a design that utilized the twin-rudder tail and Fluid Foil “Davis” wing already planned for its Model 31 flying boat.

What became known as the Model 32 included four engines, double bomb bays and flight characteristics that far exceeded the Flying Fortresses’. Compared to the B-17, it was shorter, had a narrower wingspan and more carrying capacity, and it was more easily manufactured. So much easier, in fact, that it was the most produced aircraft in the American arsenal, not just during World War II, but to date. With the help of the Ford Motor Company and others, there were almost 18,500 B-24s and variants built. They were flown in every theater of World War II, and variants served as bombers, trainers, transports, reconnaissance aircraft, test aircraft, and even remote-controlled bombs.

Happy 76th Birthday, B-24!

www.WingsMuseum.org

Dismond Lil would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas.  A special thank you to all our servicemen and women past ans...
12/25/2015

Dismond Lil would like to wish everyone a Merry Christmas. A special thank you to all our servicemen and women past ans present.

'Twas the night before Christmas
And high in the sky
A single, lone plane
Through the air did fly

On board a Paratrooper
And pallets of toys
Ready for heavy drop
To good girls and boys

Now Santa stands ready
Only ten minutes more
The jumpmaster says
"Stand in the door!"

Santa Claus jumps out
As the red light turns green
His parachute rigged toys
From the ground can be seen

The toys fall in chimneys
All across the land
Bringing joy and smiles
And a Christmas so grand

The Christmas drop was successful
And Santa PLFs with precision
Because Santa is a Paratrooper
With the 82nd Airborne Division

Happy Holidays!

#ATW #Airborne

LEST WE FORGET.....
12/07/2015

LEST WE FORGET.....

Remember #pearlharbor #caf1957

The CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron has decided to give me some love this winter with a deep maintenance inspection and continue ...
12/01/2015
12 Planes of Christmas

The CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron has decided to give me some love this winter with a deep maintenance inspection and continue the restoration that then Crew Chief Gary Austin started many years ago. CAF Headquarters has started a 12 Planes of Christmas campaign, and I am one of the featured girls. Please donate to my ongoing maintenance and restoration by clicking on this link! https://www.supportcaf.org/#npo/b-24-diamond-lil

The 12 Planes of Christmas is a fundraising campaign designed to help the restoration of historic airplanes operated by the Commemorative Air Force through one the most important programs of the CAF has, the Restoration grant fund.

A classic BBC film about the CAF!
11/25/2015
Commemorative Air Force

A classic BBC film about the CAF!

Here is a classic! Colonel Culpeper’s Flying Circus -A 1981 Documentary About The Commemorative Air Force.

On this Veteran's Day, Diamond Lil would like to thank all those veterans past and present who served!Lest we forget the...
11/11/2015

On this Veteran's Day, Diamond Lil would like to thank all those veterans past and present who served!

Lest we forget the sacrifices!

Diamond Lil in one of her first CAF liveries!
10/22/2015

Diamond Lil in one of her first CAF liveries!

Throwback Thursday. The first "heavies" arrive. Below, the First Bomber Wing in 1967 boasts a B-26, B-24, A-20, and B-17 in addition to the B-25 and A-26. #CAFTBT #CAF1957

The old CAF museum in Mercedes, Texas.  Later moved to Harlingen then in 1991 to Midland.  Now closed
10/08/2015

The old CAF museum in Mercedes, Texas. Later moved to Harlingen then in 1991 to Midland. Now closed

Throwback Thursday. The official dedication of the new museum at Rebel Field took place on a chilly day in March 1966. #CAFTBT #CAF1957

The beginning of instrument flight....
09/25/2015

The beginning of instrument flight....

This day in aviation history (Sept 24, 1929): in one of his greatest contributions to aviation, Lt Jimmy Doolittle became the first pilot to take off, fly, and land an airplane completely blind. Doolittle recognized the importance of 0 visibility flying and pulled off this feat in a Consolidated NY-2 Husky using experimental instruments that are now common in cockpits: artificial horizon, gyroscopic compass, and a precision altimeter.

In honor of my stable mate.....
09/21/2015

In honor of my stable mate.....

Today in 1942: The Boeing B-29 Superfortress made its first flight. More info --> http://1.usa.gov/1OewaT9

Happy 100th birthday to this American hero today. Lt. Col. Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on the famous April ...
09/07/2015

Happy 100th birthday to this American hero today. Lt. Col. Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on the famous April 18, 1942 B-25 raid on Tokyo. Of the 80 Doolittle Raiders on the 16 planes that launched from the USS Hornet, just 2 are alive today, including Dick Cole. The word hero is thrown around a lot these days, but this is the face of a man who has more than earned that status. A living legend.

Happy 100th birthday to this American hero today. Lt. Col. Dick Cole was Jimmy Doolittle's co-pilot on the famous April 18, 1942 B-25 raid on Tokyo. Of the 80 Doolittle Raiders on the 16 planes that launched from the USS Hornet, just 2 are alive today, including Dick Cole. The word hero is thrown around a lot these days, but this is the face of a man who has more than earned that status. A living legend.

Nothing like being a cover girl!
08/06/2015

Nothing like being a cover girl!

Both covers of Flypast and Aeroplane Monthly dedicated to the #caf195. #b29FIFI is a front cover star! #weflywarbirds

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PO Box 763577, CAF B29/B24 Squadron, Dallas Executive Airport,
Dallas, TX
75376

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Saturday 9am - 5pm
Sunday 9am - 5pm

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My wife Sue and I had the honor and privilege of flying on Diamond Lil on Friday September 3, 2021 in Colorado Springs. The flight was to honor her father Web who was a B24 pilot stationed at Tibenham England as part of the 8th Air Force, 445th bomb group. Web flew deputy lead the day of the ill-fated Kassel mission and was one of 4 planes to make it back following that raid. Thank you CAF for maintaining the Liberator in flying condition and for remembering those who flew and crewed in these magnificent airplanes. You are doing great work and we thank you for it!
#44330 checking in, pic from 1988 Atlanta. GA.
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