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#1 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1502 PM

word is spreading that a B17 went down

nothing on the news yet


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#2 Mikel2

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1516 PM

Bradley Airport in CT. Five dead.
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#3 LT Ducky

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1526 PM

Collings Foundation
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#4 John Nelson

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1621 PM

https://www.wickedlo...bradley-airport
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#5 Jeff

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1700 PM

Crap 


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#6 Paul G.

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 1940 PM

Tragic. I flew in 909 a few years ago.
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Posted 02 October 2019 - 2058 PM

I was crawling all over the B-17 a little over a week ago and spent some time talking with the crew (Wings of Freedom is part of the Collins Foundation just like the American Heritage Museum I'm at).  God bless them, they were good people.


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#8 JasonJ

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Posted 02 October 2019 - 2244 PM

Its a sad loss. I'm sure they were all good men.
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#9 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 03 October 2019 - 0914 AM

some reports are lost one engine, another says two.

 

I lifetime ago I worked with a B24 Liberator pilot.  He said he had a friend that brought a B17 in on two engines but that a B24 was in trouble as soon as a first engine failed.

By my count that leaves 8 or 9 airworthy B17 left.

I hope the aviation community can keep  them flying


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#10 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 0817 AM

That didn't take long

Blumnethal (Team D) has come down on vintage aircraft as not safe.


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Posted 04 October 2019 - 0820 AM

That didn't take long

Blumnethal (Team D) has come down on vintage aircraft as not safe.

 

The man has and always will be a sleazy ambulance chaser.


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#12 shep854

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 0919 AM

Even with a full passenger load, the Fort would have been far under max t/o weight and able to climb out for a normal landing, even on three engines.  I'm waiting to hear what the pilots' actions were.  One report I read said that they were trying to return to the field; does this mean they tried an immediate turn-around, entering a low-speed stall?  


Edited by shep854, 04 October 2019 - 0922 AM.

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#13 MiloMorai

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 0949 AM

Have come across some talk that the fuel tanks were filled with JP6. I find that hard to believe but....


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#14 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 1002 AM

the pilot was old but experienced.  They should have been light, not heavy.  There should not have been a shortage of engine power even if one was down.  If there was a fuel issue that would be a different story although I'd expect all engines to go together


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#15 MiloMorai

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 1044 AM

The pilot had many hours in the B-17.


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#16 Tim the Tank Nut

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 1105 AM

correct, that is why I think pilot error is less likely.


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#17 Jeff

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 1143 AM

Great video on YouTube. Apparently, they touched down but swerved hard right and crashed into the deicing facility.

 


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#18 MiloMorai

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 1201 PM

7300 hours in the B-17 for the pilot, https://www.thestar....wed-escape.html


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#19 shep854

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Posted 04 October 2019 - 1503 PM

Thanks for the video. The description sounds like a possible problem with the right main landing gear. I've had it happen to me, in a Piper Arrow. Thankfully, in a far smaller bird, it was relatively minor.

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#20 rmgill

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Posted 13 October 2019 - 2215 PM


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