Well, it's been a hell of a day to say the least. There are definitely days where you think you should have just gone back to bed. I can't comment on details really (don't know much more than what's in the news postings anyway) - but I talked with Ray briefly and apparently he had just left the airport by a few minutes in the Liberty Foundation's P-40 on their way to their next stop in Indiana. He turned around when the incident occurred and has been dealing with this all day - he's in emergency mode right now, so I just more or less expressed my sympathy and let him get back to it.
The death of this fine lady comes as a shock and I feel sad for the loss but I feel a bit philosophical at the same time. I feel that it would have been a bigger tragedy to keep this warbird locked up in a museum. She had a devoted family of mechanics, pilots, crew, and volunteers to keep her airworthy and a plane like that needs to spread her wings.
I was only ever a volunteer, but I will cherish the time I was able to spend showing people the aircraft and the flights I had for the rest of my life.
Rest in peace Liberty Belle, thank you for getting your final crew on the ground safe.