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B-17 (Liberty Belle) crash outside Chicago

Old 06-13-2011, 10:22 AM
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Default B-17 (Liberty Belle) crash outside Chicago

WWII bomber crashes near Aurora, all 7 aboard said to be OK - chicagotribune.com
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Old 06-13-2011, 12:47 PM
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(Glad everybody got out.)
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Old 06-13-2011, 01:15 PM
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Both a sad and glad day as noted in the article.

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Old 06-13-2011, 01:29 PM
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Dang, there are not many of those left flying.....and now its one less. Very sad day.
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Old 06-13-2011, 05:05 PM
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Dang, it was one of my favorites.
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Old 06-13-2011, 06:39 PM
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Saw it in SLC about 2 months ago. Gorgeous airplane. It's sad to see a plane like that go up in flames, but kudos to the crew for a successful evacuation.
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Old 06-14-2011, 01:10 AM
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A sad loss of such a treasure and another example of the value of an experienced and skilled pilot at the controls. Well done sir, and sorry to the foundation for the loss of such a beautiful B-17.
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Old 06-14-2011, 06:33 AM
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Yet another "veteran" of WWII has passed. She may not have survived, but like so many of her sisters, with the help of a skilled crew, she brought the boys back home.
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Old 06-14-2011, 07:30 AM
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These two articles show what a great job the crew did choosing a field and landing with the gear down. #2 is obviously feathered but it looks like the fire started well aft of the firewall. Maybe in the supercharger area.

Vintage B-17 Flying Fortress crashes with seven people aboard | Mail Online

WWII bomber that made fiery landing in Aurora cornfield had maintenance over weekend - chicagotribune.com

Edit: Apparently the turbos were non-active on that airplane.

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Old 06-14-2011, 04:02 PM
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A four engine tail dragger...... I'll really miss that one.
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