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Flying history on display in Marion

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MARION, IL (KFVS) - A piece of history from World War Two has flown into Marion. A B-24 bomber named “Diamond Lil” will be on display for the public to see Saturday, July 19.

Built in May 1941, Diamond Lil never saw combat. The plane was used for training until a landing accident. The accident kept Diamond Lil out of combat and preserved it for history. This B-24 was then taken out of service and was re-purposed for transport.

There were 18,400 B-24 bombers produced in the 1940’s. Diamond Lil is only one of two still flying, and only one of 12 remaining in the world.

B-24 bombers flew in every theater of operation during the Second World War. Local aviation historians say the B-24 did a lot to win the war for the Allies. It was faster than the B-17 and carried more bombs into battle.

A fly-in, drive-in breakfast is planned for Saturday morning at 8:30 at the Williamson County Regional Airport in honor of Diamond Lil. The public can get an up-close look at the WWII bomber and even tour the cockpit from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Rides will be available in Diamond Lil for a price of $375 per person on Friday, July 24. To book a flight, call (618) 534-1105 or click here.

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