B-24 Bomber Open to the Public in Marion


By WSIL Reporter

MARION --Time is running out to tour "Diamond Lil," a B-24 bomber made in 1941.

The plane is at Williamson County Airport for maintenance and repairs, giving people a chance to get a close-up look at the aircraft.  Eighteen-thousand were produced, but only 12 are left in the world. Ten are in museums across the globe and two are still flying.

"We are kind of a mobile museum. We want people to come out and see this airplane. And they get a real taste of history when they climb in the airplane and see it was not really built for comfort, it was meant to take bombs and drop them and come back," says Charley Rodriguez with the Commemorative Air Force.

The plane is open to public tours from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 19.

You can also purchase a 30-minute flight on the bomber. Rides are $375 and will take place on Thursday, July 24. To book a ride on "Diamond Lil" click here 

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