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Published on Sep 18, 2012
The B-24 was the most widely produced bomber in world history. This video shows the sole surviving regularly flown example -- the only flying B-24 Liberator *bomber* (there is one cargo B-24 flying) left anywhere in the world of the roughly 18,000 built. This is the Collings Foundation's B-24, Witchcraft. During World War II, at peak production, factories put out roughly 10 of these aircraft per day. It was driven by four supercharged turbocharged radials putting out 1200 horsepower each. Flying with greater range than the B-17 Flying Fortress, the B-24 Liberator bomber could drop about 8,000 thousand pounds of bombs from high or low altitude attacks. When WWII's most widely used big bomber went down, it often took all ten crewmen at a time. It was notably involved in the infamous Ploesti raid, in which more than 50 aircraft and 660 crewmen were lost. The surviving men who flew in the bomber and the men and women who produced these historic aircraft are becoming few. Talk to one, if you get the chance.