The world’s oldest flying bomber, the Consolidated B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil, is scheduled to land at Buffalo Niagara International Airport on Monday and stay here through Wednesday.
Diamond Lil will arrive at about noon Monday and be open to the public from 2 to 6 p.m. On Tuesday and Wednesday, the aircraft will be available to the public from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
For a donation, Diamond Lil will be available for guided tours, and the public will be invited to purchase a ride on the B-24 Liberator scheduled for Wednesday afternoon. Rides can be booked in advance by visiting the website of the Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron, www.cafb29b24.org. Rides cost $375 if purchased online.
More than 18,000 such aircraft were produced during World War II for the militaries of the United States and allies.
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the first flight of the B-24 prototype in 1939. The Liberator bomber was the most-produced four-engine Allied bomber of World War II.
Diamond Lil will fly throughout the visit.
“Commemorative Air Force is unique. We aren’t like other museums,” said President and CEO Stephan Brown. “We start our engines, we fly our airplanes, and we get loud, taking history to the public, not waiting for them to come to us. Diamond Lil visiting Buffalo is an opportunity for the CAF to continue doing what we do best: educating and reminding Americans of the cost of our freedom.”
The Commemorative Air Force has collected, restored and flown vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century. It has about 9,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation.