Discussion in 'Chit-Chat' started by stona, Jun 13, 2011.
WWII bomber crashes near Aurora, all 7 aboard said to be OK - Chicago Breaking News
I suppose it is inevitable that no matter how much money and time gets thrown at these things, there will come a day (hopefully not in my lifetime) when it is legislated that they cannot fly these old aircraft anymore just on the grounds of safety. That will be a sad day indeed.
The B-17 developed an engine fire shortly after take off and started to return to the airport when the decision was made to make an emergency landing. Less than two minutes after the fire was reported she made a perfect wheels down landing in a field. Everybody disembarked and even had time to retrieve their bags. The fire service arrived but deemed the field to soft for their vehicles and whilst parked around the perimetre they and the crew watched the B-17 burn out. As he says,aircraft are repaceable and people are not and despite the loss of the aircraft this was a happy ending to what could have been a tragic incident. In flight fires are dangerous situations indeed.
Here she is after landing and before the fire spread.
I think that that is a natural reaction when you see the photo I posted. I don't know anything about fire fighting or the vehicles they would have had to risk in that field. I'm sure they had their reasons and would no more want to watch the aircraft burn than we would. I guess we just have to respect the assessments made by the professionals at the time.
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