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ramillett
06-13-2011, 12:44 PM
B-17 LOST :(

Chttp://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8187278

Bob Cleek
06-13-2011, 01:12 PM
Bad link: Try: http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8187278

http://cdn.abclocal.go.com/images/wls/cms_exf_2007/_video_wn_images/wls_061311_plane-13.jpg

"Liberty Belle," recently restored. Totaled. Crew got out after emergency landing and before plane burned up.

Nicholas Carey
06-13-2011, 01:16 PM
Ouch. LIBERTY BELLE was just in Seattle over Memorial Day, flying out of the Museum of Flight at Beoing Field.

Glad everyone on board got out safely, though.

Looks like her owner's web site at the Liberty Foundation's is down at the moment -- http://www.libertyfoundation.org. Couldn't have anything to do with a spike in traffic.

http://blog.oregonlive.com/oregonatwar/2009/04/B17%20Liberty%20Belle

http://www.alfabb.com/bb/forums/attachments/off-topic-talk/99245d1208359923-liberty-belle-b-17-going-jeffco-airport-dsc_4431_small.jpg

Edit to add: a video of here at the end of April is at http://blip.tv/pnwlocalnews/liberty-belle-b-17-flight-5098835

Brian Palmer
06-13-2011, 01:16 PM
From the news report, that is just down the road from my sister in law. They could probably see the smoke.

Wow.

Brian

htom
06-13-2011, 01:16 PM
The Liberty Belle; story (http://abclocal.go.com/wls/story?section=news/local&id=8187278)

Andrew Craig-Bennett
06-13-2011, 02:58 PM
Pity, but lucky that they all got out; well done the pilots.

A few bits to be salvaged.

At least B17s in airworthy condition are quite numerous (which incidentally was why the film The Mephis Belle featured the US Army Air Corps - the original screenplay was written about RAF Bomber Command but there are just two airworthy Lancasters...quick rethink...

wardd
06-13-2011, 03:01 PM
any word as to why?

Nicholas Carey
06-13-2011, 03:31 PM
any word as to why?Story I saw said the pilot reported a fire in the cockpit when he declared the flight emergency; another story said he reported an engine fire.

Bobcat
06-13-2011, 03:59 PM
I saw her flying over Seattle just a few weeks ago. Now she's history. Sad

Bob Cleek
06-13-2011, 06:21 PM
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SR&Date=20110613&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=110619817&Ref=AR&Profile=1350&MaxW=445&border=0

Another pic. It looks almost like they just stood back and let her burn. Of course, one hardly blames them, being full of aviation fuel as she was. I doubt the local fire department had foam or whatever that's used to fight plane fuel fires. That sort of equipment is probably only found at airports.

She was just up our way at the local airport in Santa Rosa, CA a short while ago on this same national tour. Bummer.

Keith Wilson
06-13-2011, 06:30 PM
I saw her fly right over my house, very low, on her way into the St Paul airport just recently. Look like they can salvage the engines anyway. I'm glad everybody's safe.

ishmael
06-13-2011, 07:16 PM
I had one fly over when I lived in Western MA. She was in her landing pattern, so was low, and the roar made by just one was impressive. A bunch of them must have been deafening.

I called the airport to inquire about cadging a ride, but I'd seen her last flight out of that airport, and the cost of a ride, $500, was a bit dear at the time.

Like others, sorry to see the old gal go down, and glad everyone got out.

Hollingsworth
06-13-2011, 07:24 PM
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/apps/pbcsi.dll/bilde?Site=SR&Date=20110613&Category=NEWS&ArtNo=110619817&Ref=AR&Profile=1350&MaxW=445&border=0

Another pic. It looks almost like they just stood back and let her burn. Of course, one hardly blames them, being full of aviation fuel as she was. I doubt the local fire department had foam or whatever that's used to fight plane fuel fires. That sort of equipment is probably only found at airports.

She was just up our way at the local airport in Santa Rosa, CA a short while ago on this same national tour. Bummer.

Another factor (in letting the plane burn) is the extremely muddy condition of the field. We've had some torrential rains here and equipment couldn't get through the deep mud in the field where the plane landed.

oznabrag
06-13-2011, 07:56 PM
Is that the plane they recovered from some lake where it had been since WWII?

The Bigfella
06-13-2011, 09:43 PM
Is that the plane they recovered from some lake where it had been since WWII?

No.

The plane recovered from a lake in 2009 was a B-26 Marauder

oznabrag
06-13-2011, 09:48 PM
Thanks, Ian.

ramillett
06-14-2011, 01:32 AM
This one still looks flyable at Orange county airport .

http://i697.photobucket.com/albums/vv332/ramillett/millett/DSC_5079.jpg