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#3317745 - 06/13/11 04:06 PM B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down  
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#3317748 - 06/13/11 04:09 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Wow, that's just devastating. Glad everyone got out OK, but that's a terrible loss of an aircraft.


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#3317750 - 06/13/11 04:09 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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That is bad news. sigh
Looks like they all survived though.


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#3317752 - 06/13/11 04:11 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Damn...
Love to see these old bids flying but they seem to all eventually end that way sigh Afterall, they were never meant to clock so many flying hours.
At least the crew walked away from this one.

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#3317753 - 06/13/11 04:11 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Chucky]  
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A buddy of mine works on the other side of the airport where my base is and is supposed to be getting a B-17 in for avionics upgrades in a week or two. Hope this wasn't that one.


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#3317758 - 06/13/11 04:17 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Some of the stories seem to indicate that he landed in a field due to an onboard fire, which continued after they escaped.

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#3317761 - 06/13/11 04:18 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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This breaks my heart.


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#3317767 - 06/13/11 04:23 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Terrible news. The Liberty Belle is the B-17 I took a ride in several years ago. What a loss of a great aircraft.


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#3317768 - 06/13/11 04:25 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Arthonon]  
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Originally Posted By: Arthonon
Wow, that's just devastating. Glad everyone got out OK, but that's a terrible loss of an aircraft.


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#3317773 - 06/13/11 04:30 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: 20mm]  
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Originally Posted By: 20mm
Terrible news. The Liberty Belle is the B-17 I took a ride in several years ago. What a loss of a great aircraft.



That was the first thing I thought when I saw the thread. Terrible. I had hoped that it would some day come up here and I could go for a ride as well.
So sad to see these old birds go. I am happy that everybody survived.


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#3317786 - 06/13/11 04:50 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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And to think that just a couple of weeks ago, I saw that same bird flying around in KC. frown

#3317803 - 06/13/11 05:09 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Damn, that is bad news...

how many are there left (flying or static)?


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#3317810 - 06/13/11 05:14 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Legend]  
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Originally Posted By: Legend
Damn, that is bad news...

how many are there left (flying or static)?


Taken from Wiki...
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There are a total of 53 surviving airframes worldwide:

12 active flying **I guess 1 less now frown **
9 on static display
2 currently undergoing restoration to fly
3 currently undergoing restoration for display
5 in storage
19 partial airframes/hulks


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#3317815 - 06/13/11 05:18 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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#3317817 - 06/13/11 05:22 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Assuming Wiki is to be believed,she was grounded the week before for mechanical problems.


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#3317819 - 06/13/11 05:24 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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What awful news. frown


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#3317822 - 06/13/11 05:27 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Weasel_Keeper]  
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Frankly, It's pretty weird seeing as the airplanes I fly are based at the Sugar Grove airport. I took a few friends up in a 182RG yesterday and we all stopped to look at it for about 30 minutes. Next day it's gone. The crew are supposedly on their way back here right now, and people have been talking to the chase plane pilot.


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#3317823 - 06/13/11 05:28 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Chucky]  
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Originally Posted By: Chucky
Assuming Wiki is to be believed,she was grounded the week before for mechanical problems.


And yes, when I was out at the airport yesterday, it was still grounded due to a crack in the fuel tank. They sealed it and that was that.

Waiting on the B17 crew to get here, but for someone reason everyone has left but they left their mechanics trailer here. So I'm assuming they're coming back. I'll keep you guys updated

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#3317846 - 06/13/11 05:59 PM Re: B-17 "Liberty Belle" Down [Re: Spliff]  
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Originally Posted By: Spliff
And to think that just a couple of weeks ago, I saw that same bird flying around in KC. frown


I thought that same thing!!


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