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TOPIC: B 17 Crash at Bradley

B 17 Crash at Bradley 02 Oct 2019 11:13 #1

News reports that a B17 crashed at Bradley International.

Reports that it was Collins Foundation aircraft so that would be Nine-0-Nine I think?

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B 17 Crash at Bradley 02 Oct 2019 12:52 #2

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B 17 Crash at Bradley 02 Oct 2019 13:18 #3

Multiple fatalities and injuries. :zen
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 02 Oct 2019 16:06 #4

moon puppy wrote:
Multiple fatalities and injuries. :zen

That’s too bad, what a terrible loss of life and history.
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 02 Oct 2019 17:36 #5

Heartbreaking. A buddy of mine was just on it at Pittsburgh recently.
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 03 Oct 2019 00:37 #6

First and only plane I have ever flew on. Whole situation is just sad.
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 03 Oct 2019 07:27 #7

Big10 wrote:
First and only plane I have ever flew on. Whole situation is just sad.
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I remember you posting about that John. What a treat that would have been.

From what I'm gathering they tried to come back in after take off because no4 wasn't firing. Wanted to "Blow it out".
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 03 Oct 2019 20:20 #8

I had a blood connection to this Airplane.
I was touring Nine-O-Nine at Ankeny. I swung (properly) through the nose hatch and wriggled through the tunnel to the cockpit. My fluffy & ungainly friend, Hobby Robbie was astern of me.
I must have admired the instrument panel and other cockpit fittings to much that sultry, August day. From below, Robbie griped "Others were waiting.Hurry Up Rhino!"
I took off my cover, took a step up and conked my noggin on the top turret ring.
(Damn thangs is HARD, Man!!) With blood running from an unintentional head wound and Robbie chortling from below, I pointed to the steel top turret ring and declared "That durn thang ain't on the MODEL!!"
He got his comeuppance. Robbie got stuck between the bomb racks on the bomb bay catwalk. A 90-year-old USAAC Vet pushed and I pulled chubby Robbie into the radio compartment. "Sh'up! That's not FUNNY!"
It WAS!! IT STILL IS!!

Prayers for the Crew & Passengers of Nine-0-Nine. She was an astounding monument to all those children that flew & fought over The Reich. Godspeed those that gave their lives in Connecticut this week.

Nancy Pelosi will probably stick her ass in where it don't belong (AGAIN!) and try to ground every vintage airplane still honoring combat sacrifice in the whole World.
Jump in Here anytime Kermit Weeks! Ya Ol' Fart!
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 04 Oct 2019 19:31 #9

Very sad to hear about this, especially for the casualties.

I Have mixed feelings on whether or not these old birds should still be flying. seems like lots of them have accidents.
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 05 Oct 2019 08:52 #10

The fake news talking heads reported the terrible statistics that since 1989 23 souls had perished in accidents involving "old war birds" that's 23 in 30 years. How many in that same time frame have been killed in mass shootings and car accidents. You are still more likely to be killed in a car accident on the way to the airport to ride in a warbird than actually flying in one. I realize that's no consolation to the loved ones lost in this terrible accident but the statistics that were missing were how many thousands have flown safely in a once in a life time experience before and since 1989. Just my 2¢ worth. Soapbox put back in storage.
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 05 Oct 2019 11:23 #11

Good soapbox Gary and very valid point. I believe that most of us here would agree that the news services are really the "Create News Services" and "Only Our Point of View News Services". I rarely watch local or national news anymore as it is mostly crap, lies and misdirection.

Again really sorry to hear about this as we lost a number of good people as well as a valuable piece of history.
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B 17 Crash at Bradley 05 Oct 2019 12:10 #12

It occurs to me as I sort thru my stash that Nine-0-Nine is the markings for the Meng Kid's Model B-17G.
Immortalized for all time in Model Silliness. In Many other ways as well. :salute

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