B-24 Diamond Lil

While visiting an airshow recently, I had the pleasure of checking out a flying B-24 Liberator, one of the heavy bombers of the Second World War. It was a well-restored and maintained aircraft.

Nose of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Nose of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

It’s incredible to imagine squadrons of these bombers overhead, as well as all the aircrews that flew them. Here’s a look at the tail gunner’s station:

Tail gunner's station in B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Tail gunner’s station in B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

And here’s a look at the instrument panel in the cockpit, which does include some modern instruments:

Instrument panel in the cockpit of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Instrument panel in the cockpit of B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Powering this airplane are three massive radial engines, which are impressive in their own right.

Radial engine and propeller on B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

Radial engine and propeller on B-24 Liberator, Diamond Lil.

For a generous fee, you can take a ride in this plane, which would have been an amazing experience. Sadly, I didn’t have the time. Nonetheless, it was interesting to check out a piece of living history.

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