The CAF Airpower History Tour which features the B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil will be staged at Branson Jet Center. B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil will lead the historic tour along with a squadron of historic aircraft to a landing at a patriotic celebration and veterans’ fundraiser at Branson Airport, Missouri from September 2 to 4, 2016. The CAF Airpower History Tour gives a flying tribute to men and women who served in uniform during World War II. This event brings the sights, sounds and stories of World War II aviation to communities across the country and provides history about the role of our country during second world war.
Coming to the Branson Airport Jet Center for a second time this September, the CAF Airpower History Tour will feature seven historic World War II aircrafts that include B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil’, P-51 Mustang Gunfighter, TBM Avenger, B-25 Mitchell Show Me, T-34 Mentor, T-6 Texan Farmers Daughter, and PT-13 Boeing Stearman. According to event coordinator Ty Lewis, the event will also include military displays, and other family activities.
Built in 1941 in San Diego, California, Diamond Lil is returning to the skies after a year-long of extensive restoration by members of the Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron based at the group’s headquarters in Dallas, Texas. This B-24 Liberator is the world’s oldest flying World War four-engine bomber. With over 18,400 Liberators produced, it made the Liberator the most produced military aircraft in American history. The producing of the B-24 bomber is the collective effort of American industry to arm and supply the Allied nations during World War II.
The weekend display at Branson Airport will allow visitors to tour and inspect vintage aircraft, watch them fly, or take a ride. Executive Director of the Branson Airport, Jeff Bourk said, “The Branson Airport is honored to host the Commemorative Air Force for the second year.” He added, “The CAF Airpower History Tour is a partnership we hope to continue in the future.” Of the 16 million men and women in uniform who served World War II, the Veterans Administration estimated that there are now less than 850,000 who are alive today.
“The Branson Veterans Task Force is proud to partner with the Commemorative Air Force and Branson Airport to help preserve and teach American history” said Brenda Meadows, chairperson of Branson Veterans Task Force. AirPower History Tour is open to the public on September 2 at 2 pm to 5 pm; September 3 and 4 from 9 am to 5 pm. There will be an admission fee of $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 11 to 17. Children below 10 years old are free. The admission ticket includes free tour of Diamond Lil. A portion of the proceeds will be used to maintain the historic B-24 Liberator aircraft and to support the community programs of Branson Veterans Task Force.
The return of the CAF Airpower History Tour in Branson this September, gives visitors a chance to see the historic World War II aircrafts.
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