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

    The B17 owned by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Mass has crashed at Bradley Airport, Connecticut


    Injuries (from TV news report)
    13 on plane (10 paying passengers, 2 pilots, 1 attendant)
    1 on ground

    The Collings B17 is one of 18 known to be operational.

    https://www.cbsnews.com/news/plane-c...-live-updates/

    News reports mention unspecified number of fatalities among the 14 persons involved.

    Latest reports specify 7 fatalities.


    https://www.boston25news.com/news/wo...icut/992609883
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    What a sad story. I was just reading about the the plane a few days ago on Hackaday and was contemplating how cool it would be to fly in one but that I wouldn't dare while I still have young kids just for this reason....

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    Wow! That’s a shame. Sorry to hear it. I took my father on a ride in their B24 around 1999 in Virginia. Prayers for the family.
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    I was fortunate to have flown in a B17 on a 305th Bomb Group memorial flyby at RAF Duxford in the 1980s by 2 retired RAF pilots. They put it thru its paces, as I didn't think a B17 could do acrobatics. Quite exciting!

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    Man, this hurts!

    They have, over the years, had an excellent safety record, and have done a great service by touring the country every year with these historic aircraft.

    I feel very fortunate to have been able to fly in both their B17 and their B24.

    Unfortunately, this may end the entire Wings of Freedom tour, as it will end up costing the Collings Foundation a fortune.

    And I'm not forgetting the tragic loss of five lives, and the injuries sustained by the survivors.

    It's a sad day, for sure.

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    The plane in question, early September of this year:


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    I’m not sure if this was Colling’s or Confederate’s B-17?



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tungsten dipper View Post
    I’m not sure if this was Colling’s or Confederate’s B-17?



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    Yes its Colling's B17 aka "Nine-O-Nine"

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    Seen this bird many many times. Got a photo bomb of my homebuilt next to it. Sad to see another one gone. I flew left seat in Aluminum Overcast about 10 years ago. Signed logbook time due to B-17 instructor in right seat . Yeah..I treasure the experience and the pictures of that event. Prayers to the families involved in todays tragedy.
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