Commemorative Air Force Headquarters
Midland International Airport
CONTACT: Kay Crites
Director of Public Relations
P.O. Box 62000 y Midland, Texas 79711-2000
(432) 563-1000, ext. 2231 w FAX (432) 563-8046
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
B-24 TO BE UNVEILED
MIDLAND, Texas (May 7, 2007) ñ The ìnew and improvedî version of the Commemorative Air Forceís B-24 will be unveiled during The Gathering of Twin Tails set for 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, May 12, 2007, at the American Airpower Heritage Museum at CAF Headquarters. The actual unveiling ceremony will take place at 10 a.m.
For the past six months, Crew Chief Gary Austin has been returning the airplane formerly known as Diamond Lil to its original B-24A configuration, complete with new paint scheme and Nose ArtÆ. The airplane will be officially unveiled to the public during the event. All aircraft with twin tails are welcomed. Aircraft rid
es will be available for the public, drawings will be held for two rides being given away and food and beverages will be available. Drawings for the aircraft rides will be held at noon and 2 p.m. Rides will take place immediately, so registrants must be present at the drawing to win. Aircraft will also be available for tours.
In addition, the American Airpower Heritage Museumís ìRemembrance of Warî Seminar series has added an event to help commemorate this special occasion. Local resident Charles West, who flew B-24s in the Pacific, and Ft. Worth resident Bob Johnson, whose B-24 was shot down and who served as a POW in Bulgaria during World War II, will speak at 1 p.m. about their experiences. Johnson has written a book, which will be on sale. He also is bringing a piece from his original B-24 Gidi Gidi boom boom, obtained from a museum in Bulgaria, that he hopes to have installed on the CAFís B-24.
Regular museum admission prices will be in effect. The online coupon for discounted admission will not be valid for this event. For more information, contact Kay Crites at (432) 563-1000, ext. 2231.