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Thread: Collings B-17 Mishap

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    Collings B-17 Mishap

    I have no real information other than a news release, that says their B-17 took off at Hartford ( Bradley) and returned shortly and there was a fire, no real word on the crew other than 5 people went to hospital. Collings was thanking the firefigther and rescue people for their efforts.

    I have not only ridden in that plane, I have flown it. Collings has been a leading part of warbirds for decades, my prayers for all the crew.

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    According to numerous online news reports, the B-17 crashed and burned on the runway this morning. There were 13 on board including 2 pilots. State police say there are multiple fatalities but can't say how many as yet. One person on the ground was injured. My condolences to all the families.

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    No not Nine O Nine!!! the news of this accident is bitingly bitter...
    I helped the pilot fix his broken bomb bay universal. He knew I'd do
    anything to keep them flying... after all the Collins Foundation's
    greatest joy is making others happy...

    Note: although LoveJoy is still in business offering parts the pilot
    needed a quick overnight custom fabrication of the 1944 part to meet
    ride commitments...
    https://www.lovejoy-inc.com/

    Viya Con Dios to all the crew...

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    Eye witness account not from a pilot but his Dad was USAF... in short... during take off #3 engine lost power and the return to base was unsuccessful...
    https://www.wfsb.com/video-eyewitness-recounts-moments-when-b--plane-crashed-at/video_31be805e-4c17-5e86-98dc-f6373e8b5aa0.


    Connecticut airport press conference...




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    Most recent reporting says 7 dead.

    https://www.wfsb.com/news/people-kil...02ec67428.html
    "Don't believe everything you see or read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln

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    ATC audio... pilot states take off weight "44,000 lb we don't carry bombs anymore" and they request a return to field because of #4 engine...



    History of Nine O Nine...

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    The plane hit the instrument landing system posts and veered to the
    right. It crossed a grassy area, then a taxiway, and ran into the
    de-icing facility, NTSB member Jennifer Homendy told reporters.

    Jay Leno tours Nine O Nine and interviews WW2 B17 crews...

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    I don't get it. I've never flown multi-engine so I'm kinda talking out my fanny and I'm in no way casting judgement on the crew. But the war stories of these coming back on just one or two engines, shot to hell with badly damages control surfaces are well documented. I have to believe something more than the loss of #4 engine must be part of the story.

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    Deepest symathies to the injured and the families of those who lost their lives in this crash.
    "Don't believe everything you see or read on the internet" - Abraham Lincoln

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    Quote Originally Posted by rwanttaja View Post
    Others are disputing this....

    Ron Wanttaja
    Including a preliminary NTSB report.

    https://youtu.be/RoLU-I6C4Uo

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