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A place where restoration project-type threads can go to avoid falling off the main page in the WIX hangar. Feel free to start threads on Restoration projects and/or warbird maintenance here. Named in memoriam for Gary Austin, a good friend of the site and known as RetroAviation here. He will be sorely missed.
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Gary ~ What's The Plan For Diamond Lil ? 2006 and Beyond!

Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:20 am


OK ~ you got me ~ I can't be patient any longer ..... what's the plan for "Lil" ????????

I picked this up from another thread ....

Heck, now that I've started on some serious changes to the B-24A that'll take place this winter,

I've read thru the last two quaterly newsletters from the B29/B24 Squadron website ~ there's a few hints that "Lil" needs to look more like a bomber :D

Fri Oct 27, 2006 7:34 am

:lol: I saw that too...

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:18 am

maybe a little metamorphisis..........................

Fri Oct 27, 2006 8:46 am

Gimme just about an hour longer guys........I've been drilling since 3 this morning, and I'll have pictures for you shortly.

I was wondering how long it would take before I started getting quizzed on this. :wink:


Fri Oct 27, 2006 9:57 am

Well, if you're gonna transform the old "Diamond Lil" back into a B-24A, like it was originally going to be, you gotta start somewhere.............

Waist gunner's lower window plug removed...


Waist gunner's hatch plug removed...


I will get as much done with transforming our airplane back into the B-24A configuration as possible this winter. The plan is to have it back on it's normal tour schedule next spring. I will obviously be limited on time as to how much I can get done this winter. However, the hopes are that it'll be something more "bomber-like."


Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:04 am


Will she still be "Diamond Lil"?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:05 am

So what should a B-24A look like compared to an LB-30? Does anyone have any wartime pictures?

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:08 am

Wow! Thanks for sharing Gary 8) :D

I think you've made my day!

Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:08 am

That is great Gary, please keep us up to date.


Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:28 am

I've got a computer savvy friend of mine working on getting the plan for our B-24A on a web page (or similar) so that y'all can see what direction we'll be going with it.

I cannot say for sure what paint scheme it'll be, only because it will depend on what it looks like after it's stripped of it's current paint. I can just say that we're going to try to make it as original looking as possible with the facilities, time, and money that we have. What we don't get done this year, we'll hopefully be able to add to it as time goes on.


Fri Oct 27, 2006 10:38 am

Gary ~ thanks for turning a dull, cold, grey Friday into a super day !!!!

Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:02 am


Maybe you can fly it through some flak for that "authentic" appearance. ;)

Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:31 am

Oo! Oo! Oooooo!

Not too many jobs more fascinating than drilling out rivets, but man I wish I could be down there helpin' y'all!

Maybe some extra holes in her will help the air flow, too. I recall it being pretty stuffy in there the one time I hitched a ride. :wink:

Let us know if you're searching for any particular bits to finish the job.

Neat project!
Last edited by Dan K on Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:34 am, edited 1 time in total.

Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:32 am

Great news Gary!! This is will be a very exciting project for all of us to follow!!

Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:39 am

Thanks Gary...great pics of Lil.
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