A quick guide to the survivors and how to distinguish them.
B-24J, Witchcraft, 44-44052, The Collings Foundation
The only “true” B-24 still airworthy. Painted to resemble the original Witchcraft of the 467th Bomb Group, she wears an overall olive-drab paint scheme with red stabilizers. Extensive nose art marks the port-side nose, showing 130 combat missions. Previously flew as All American from 1989-1998 and The Dragon and His Tail from 1998-2005 before the current paint scheme. This aircraft served with the USAF, RAF, and Indian Air Force before finally passing into civilian hands for restoration.
The only surviving B-24A model in existence, originally one of the LB-30 order bound for England. The aircraft is painted in a two-tone camouflage pattern overall, with original US roundels on the fuselage and wings. Port side nose is painted with the Diamond Lil nose art, starboard side is a massive 48 star US flag.
Diamond Lil flew in the colors of the 98th Bomb Group for many years before the current paint scheme.
PB4Y-2, 66300, Yanks Air Museum
Overall silver finish with red bands around the ends of the fin and horizontal stabilizers, “124″ painted in black on both sides of the nose. The aircraft was flown to the museum in 2006 and has not flown since, although she is under restoration to military condition and likely airworthiness once more.
PB4Y-2, 66302, GossHawk Unlimited
Overall polished aluminum finish, post-war national insignia on fuselage sides behind cockpit, 6302 painted in black along the nose. Of the airworthy Privateers, she appears closest to a Coast Guard aircraft would have in service. She is based out of Phoenix, Arizona.
PB4Y-2, 59882, Museum of Flight and Aerial Firefighting
Overall silver finish with red bands around the stabilizers and cowlings, black 126 marked on both sides of the nose. Heavily faired nose with a smaller window than greenhouse noses. She was registered as airworthy in 2013.
B-24J, Joe, 44-44272, Fantasy of Flight
Overall silver finish, black fins with white vertical flash. The aircraft was last flown in 1997 and still technically listed as airworthy by the FAA and the museum, but it will likely need a full restoration before it flies again.
Despite its high production numbers, there are few remaining B-24s in museums and under restoration. Hopefully more wrecks can be recovered from their resting places in the South Pacific and restored in the coming decades.
Crazy car lady’s house
I watched this house for a few years before I finally got to explore it. The lady who lived here actually just lived in her car and used the house more as a place to store her garbage. My grandma and aunt went exploring with me when we found out she was forced to move into town. She didn’t live in her car because she didn’t have money. She owns three properties and instead of buying a new car when hers rusted out she had the body of a matching one shipped from out east. She also tried to get my uncle to roof this house in this condition. The house was never updated after her parents passed and has no running water. She used a bucket for the bathroom( which now you can only get to from the ladder). I find this lady so fascinating. Things in the house included a 48 star flag, multiple sets of the same shirt still in the shipping package, some of the most beautiful antiques I’ve ever seen, Victorian photos, and a wedding dress.
it’s midnight! happy star wars day! I’ve got some of my glitter for carrie ready to go for the morning, though I’ll also be wearing a sparkly top and trying to find some way to incorporate some loose craft glitter I got for lack of actual sparkly makeup (who knew kroger didn’t sell face glitter? I miss the ‘90s/early ‘00s.)
Homemade tea sachets make a special gift for any occasion. Dried orange peel adds the pleasant twist of citrus to this tea that is flavored with star anise. Keep a few bags for yourself and package the rest in a pretty tin to brighten someone’s day.
TIME TO TABLE: 30 minutes prep, 1 hour drying.
INGREDIENTS: Peel of 1 navel orange 24 teaspoons (about 1.5 oz.) loose leaf English or Scottish breakfast tea 24 star anise 48 cardamom pods 24 disposable tea sachets
1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees F. Cut the orange peel into thin strips and arrange in a single layer on cooling rack placed over a baking sheet. Dry in the oven for 1 hour, or until crisp. Let cool completely.
2. Cut the orange peel into small pieces with scissors. The pieces should be small enough to fit inside the tea bags.
3. To prepare each bag, add 3 to 4 pieces of dried orange peel, 1 teaspoon of loose tea, 1 star anise and two cardamom pods. Cinch the bag at the top and tie in a knot. Store in an airtight container.