Happy Birthday, America! by Lockheed Martin
Employees at the Consolidated Aircraft factory in Fort Worth, Texas, showed their patriotism in the summer of 1944 by hanging American flags on the final C-87 Liberator Express transport during assembly. The Liberator Express was a variant of the B-24 bomber and featured 25 seats, fuselage windows, and a port side loading door. The six C-87As featured a 16 passenger/10 sleeping berth VIP configuration. One C-87A was designated as the first dedicated Presidential aircraft, but neither Franklin D. Roosevelt nor Harry Truman ever flew on the aircraft, which was nicknamed Guess Where II. All 286 C-87/C-87As were built in Fort Worth. The last aircraft was completed in August 1944. Interestingly, the serial numbers of these C-87s were changed after they were towed out of the factory. Now-retired Lockheed Martin photojournalist John Rossino brought the flags to life digitally a couple of years ago in honor of Independence Day. Happy Birthday #241, America!