No. 2611. Consolidated 32 LB-30A Liberator B.Mk.I (AM258 c/n 167) Royal Air Force
Aeroplane Photo Supply (APS) Photo No. 94

Consolidated 32 LB-30A Liberator B.Mk.I

05/27/2017. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "The pictured aircraft was ordered by the USAAC as a Model 32 YB-24 (s/n 40-696) in April 1939. In the Spring of 1940, while under construction, it was one of 26 aircraft swapped for 26 still to be produced LB-30s ordered by the British. Redesignated LB-30A Liberator B.Mk.I and reserialed AM258, it became the first production aircraft to fly when it made its initial flight on January 17, 1941. It was converted for passenger transport in Canada and subsequently operated by BOAC on the Trans-Atlantic Return Ferry Service, arriving in the UK on May 4, 1941. It was transferred to BOAC on August 31, 1942, retaining its military serial. The aircraft was lost on September 13, 1943, when on take-off for a test flight it crashed at Prestwick, Scotland, due to an engine failure and subsequently was damaged by fire."

Read the type remarks on page 10905.

Created May 26, 2003