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Saying Farewell To Another B-17 And Its Crew

The harsh truth of protecting historic airplanes airworthy and flying is that every so often one will crash. Thus it used to be that on October second a Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress crash-landed after technical troubles. Incidentally, that is the exact same aircraft which we coated handiest a variety of days in the past. Painted to seem like some other B-17 of WWII (Nine-o-Nine, variant B-17G-30-BO), this late-model B-17G-85-DL plane wasn’t completed in time to sign up for World War II, however as a substitute spent its 74 years being a flying museum to those wonderful airplanes.

Details about the reason for the crash are nonetheless scarce, however from radio communique between the group and tower, it’s understood the B-17 used to be having having problems with the quantity 4 engine, which used to be observed sputtering and smoking by way of a witness. The aircraft’s pilots attempted to accomplish an emergency touchdown at Bradley International Airport, Connecticut, the place it had taken off from handiest moments in the past. Unfortunately the plane ran off the runway and struck a development, and then it burst into flames. The NTSB has indicated that they have got dispatched a crew to research the crash, and say {that a} initial record is most probably two weeks away.

Of the thirteen other folks on board, seven died, with the remainder six surviving with accidents. One particular person at the flooring used to be injured as neatly. The antique bomber (civilian registration quantity N93012) has been all however utterly destroyed within the hearth, with just a segment of the wing and tail final recognizable.

We really feel horrible about such lack of lifestyles and hope the injured make a rapid restoration. The lack of but some other B-17 may be tricky to swallow, as this leaves simply ten airworthy B-17s. How lengthy till we are saying farewell to this a part of our historical past, with the overall flight of a B-17, or its kinfolk?

(Thanks to Pez for this replace)