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Photo ID: 1011083
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Model: B-24J-85-CF Liberator Registration: NX224J
Year: 1944 Serial Number: 44-44052
Engines: Pratt & Whitney R1830 Owner: Collings Foundation
Location: Wayne County Airport, Wooster, Ohio Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
Date: 2003, August Present Registration: Present Owner (FAA info):
Notes: 8/19/03 - The Collings Foundation's B-24 and B-17 visited Wayne County Airport, Wooster, Ohio, August 13-15, 2003. What a photo op - - and only a few miles from home!

Consolidated B-24J Liberator, U.S. registration NX224J, was built in Ft Worth, TX, in 1944. According to aviation expert Joe Baugher, she was given U.S. s/n 44-44052, but soon went to the RAF (Royal Air Force) as Liberator GR.VI, KH191, and then to the Indian Air Force as s/n T-18. You can find more history on this aircraft on the Collings web site click here.

The B-24 and B-17 tour the U.S. together and are on public display. Rides are available for $400 per person.

The "X" in the aircraft's registration, i.e. NX224J, is there because the aircraft is certificated by the F.A.A. in "Experimental Category", for exhibition purposes.

Photo ID: 1011084
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Notes: Around 18,000, B-24's of several variants were built during the war - - and only about one in a thousand remain. I saw another beautifully restored one in the museum at Duxford, England, in July 2002.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011085
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Notes: Head on - - it looks like one tough machine ready to take on the bad guys!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011086
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Notes: In 1998 the aircraft was named "Dragon and His Tail", after a WW-II, B-24 by that name, and was painted like the original aircraft.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011087
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Notes: Mean machine.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011088
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Notes: That's one beafy landing gear! It folds outward into the wing, between the two engines.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011089
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Notes: The trademark B-24, oval-shaped cowling, covers the P&W R-1830 engine. This is a 14-cylinder, two-row, 1830 cubic-inch, 1200-HP engine. It is internally supercharged. The propeller is a Hamilton Standard, full-feathering 23E50 with 6477A-0 blades.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011090
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Notes: The turbocharger was still smoking when I got this shot! It only takes a few drops of oil from the engine, through the exhaust, to make these wisps of smoke on a very hot turbocharger. This exhaust-driven supercharger packs the air which goes into the pressure carburetor, to allow the aircraft to fly at altitudes in excess of 30,000'.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011091
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Notes: Only a mother could love such a nose. Or a pilot, when it was a source of defense from the front.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011092
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Notes: That's a fair bit of tail there - - with the tail gunner's turret between. I wonder if the tail gunner was ever nick-named "Walrus"!
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011093
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Notes: Sitting quietly.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011094
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Notes: Tucked in for the night.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011095
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Notes: Sleek! Number 4 engine (right-hand outboard).
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken

Photo ID: 1011096
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Notes: An interesting profile, and a sound that makes some of our hearts beat a bit faster.
Photographer: Stoltzfus, Ken
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