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Thread: OT: Sad day in aviation: Collings B17 has crashed

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    There are four of us in our 70's who try to do bucket list things together and we were considering catching a ride when they were at Oxford Airport.
    I think doctor appointments, etc. got in the way this time so it was not to be.
    Rather chilling anyway but I'm reminded of an uncle's superstition.
    He flew for American and had several of his own but always cautioned "never fly in a plane that's been in an accident!".

    Prophetic?
    Hard to say but 17's flew in worse condition than 909 was and with less experienced pilots.
    I have some pictures of a 17 flying over our house some years ago...with a puzzling addition in one shot.
    I'll get them posted.
    Len

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    In the second photo...what the hell was that below and behind?!
    Len

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    Quote Originally Posted by QSIMDO View Post
    In the second photo...what the hell was that below and behind?!
    A drone

    Sorry George lol

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    they will stop flying them when one too many has crashed.

    anent the comparison with steam locomotives - steam locomotives are made from more robust material, and altitude is not a variable.

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    They'll probably stop flying them when it's no longer economically viable to due so. I imagine most of those old warbirds are kept in the air primarily by passionate volunteers, and when those start to dry up, and move on... it will no longer make financial sense to keep them up. If more people try and keep them out of the sky I'm sure that would only speed up the process. Hopefully that doesn't happen. I love the old flying history, and it's very unfortunate that this one crashed and people lost their lives. Wishing a speedy recovery to the others who were injured.

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    Quote Originally Posted by QSIMDO View Post

    In the second photo...what the hell was that below and behind?!
    That's perplexing - did you try blowing it up?

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    The Collins foundation gives rides at events to help support the effort. I recall my flight was a around $500, and for around $1000 I could have flown in a P51 Mustang.

    They do it because they love it.

    Dan
    At the end of the project, there is a profound difference between spare parts and extra parts.

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    Quote Originally Posted by A.K. Boomer View Post
    That's perplexing - did you try blowing it up?
    It just gets pixelated.
    Looks like a fire hydrant!

    Those photos are literally just seconds apart but no hint of it in the first pic or the last.
    I asked the neighbors if anything was found. The houses aren't all that far apart but thick oak forest all around.
    They hadn't detected anything unusual.
    And those trees are too tall for anyone to toss anything in the air.

    It's my first UFO over dry land.
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    Quote Originally Posted by QSIMDO View Post

    In the second photo...what the hell was that below and behind?!
    I first thought: a runaway flying pig balloon from a Pink Floyd concert, but on second look perhaps a bug.
    George

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Dubeau View Post
    A drone

    Sorry George lol
    But was it below 400ft AGL?

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