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Old 10-02-2019, 10:56 PM   #1
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Pilot reported problem with only one engine, seems odd to me, as its well documented that a B-17 can return to base not on all four engines, and also with severe battle damage, such as part of a wing, missing a engine or even complete tail. Must have been the catastrophic failure of systems or possibly pilot error. Looks like it hit the airport fuel tanks which is a fair way off the runway approach - here https://goo.gl/maps/h8GCuZP4YNn8GX2g6


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Old 10-03-2019, 11:30 AM   #2
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These relics shouldn't be flying with anyone other than the flight crew! FAA should stop these flights that take paying passengers along! I know I know, that is how they keep them maintained by generating revenue!
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I bet they'll be a lot of pressure to limit or inspect crafts for carrying paying public.
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These relics shouldn't be flying with anyone other than the flight crew! FAA should stop these flights that take paying passengers along! I know I know, that is how they keep them maintained by generating revenue!
The crash still would have happened. I have gone up for a flight in a B-17 before and you literally have to sign your life away, but there is always the risk of people on the ground getting hurt or killed. Stopping the passenger elements of these flights would essentially ground these aircraft because there would be no income to fly them. Despite this crash, I would absolutely go for future flights in vintage aircraft. Gladly. Crashes are sad and unfortunate, but very rare when you consider how many are in the air, and how often.
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Much as I love vintage aircraft, I wouldn't go up in one. It boils down to personal choice. Doug
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We saw that plane in June in Seattle. I had a couple choices.. ride in the B-17 or the P-51. I chose the P-51.
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I flew on this plane 3 years ago. Sad loss of life and beautiful aircraft.
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I was scheduled to take a flight in that very aircraft last fall at an airport near me in MA. The flights for that weekend were cancelled as the aircraft required an engine change and wouldn't be back in time. I made reservations for another flight for a couple of weeks later at Westchester County / White Plains (NY) airport. It was something I really wanted to do, as my father few 33 missions in a B-17. I knew that it was riskier than taking a commercial flight, but it was very important to me. It was an amazing experience, and I'm glad I did it. Would I do it again? Probably not. But, as others have said, it's a personal choice. Regardless of the cause / fault, the crash was very, very tragic and sobering. My prayers go out to the families of those who were injured and killed.
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