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The weather was calm and clear at the time of a deadly B-17 crash at a Connecticut airport, and tests on the airplane’s fuel did not turn up any sign of debris or contamination, federal investigators said Tuesday.
Even though it means the organizations will lose a source of funding from the contributions they get for short flights over the host cities, the public rides should stop. The takeoffs and landings are getting too risky to use them as passenger planes.
Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75, of Long Beach, California, had been flying the “Nine-o-Nine” B-17 for the Collings Foundation on several visits to Spokane of the Wings of Freedom Tour. The last tour stop occurred July 1 at Spokane International Airport.
The vintage B-17 Flying Fortress visited Spokane in July as part of the Wings of Freedom Tour crashed Wednesday during an emergency landing at an airport outside Hartford, Connecticut, killing seven of the 13 people on board and injured one person in a maintenance building that was hit by the aircraft.
In 2007, photojournalist Colin Mulvany rode in the Collings Foundation's B-17 bomber, the Nine-0-Nine. The plane slid off the runway in Connecticut Wednesday, Oct. 3, 2019, in a crash that killed multiple passengers and crew. Here is a look back at one of the rare airworthy bombers of World War II.
Effort to excavate the site of a downed B-17 in Germany connects to the family of a gunner from Spokane.
On display were five American bombers and fighter planes first introduced during World War II, brought to Spokane as part of a nationwide tour hosted by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit based in Massachusetts. Visitors could explore the insides of the aircraft and, for a sizable investment, embark on 30-minute instructional flights.
The Collings Foundation cares for several rare World War II aircraft and the organization brought three of them to Spokane this week. There is a B-24, a B-17 and a P-51C. The planes are on display Monday, June 29 through Wednesday, July 1 at Landmark Aviation at 8136 W. Pilot Dr. on the Geiger side of Spokane International Airport. The planes will leave around noon Wednesday. For a small admission fee, visitors can walk through the airplanes. More information at www.collingsfoundation.org
The father and child reunion took place Jan. 7 inside a modest apartment in Independence, Missouri. Richard A. Hodge, 72, a retired Spokane photographer, had come to finally meet the man who had dropped out of his life when he was a baby – 99-year-old Richard L. Hodge.
Stickman was aboard that vintage World War II B-17 that flew over Coeur d’Alene on Tuesday afternoon, thanks to a generous fan. A Vietnam War vet, Stickman (aka Norm Oss) has delighted thousands by freely distributing his hand-carved walking sticks from a breezeway near Coeur d’Alene’s East Tubbs Hill Park. He was sitting in that breezeway minus his sticks when I handed him an envelope filled with $450 in cash Monday afternoon.
Bill Heath was barely 21 back in the fall of 1943 when he arrived at Thorpe Abbots airfield in southeastern England, a second lieutenant reporting for duty as a B-17 bombardier. It was the early days of the U.S. Army’s controversial daylight bombing campaign over Nazi-occupied Europe. The Newport, Wash., kid was among the fresh crews sent to help replenish the rapidly depleting ranks of the 100th Bombardment Group, which took such heavy losses it became known as “The Bloody Hundredth.”
A restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is making Felts Field in east Spokane its base of operations this weekend for free viewing and paid flights. The aircraft is named “Memphis Belle” after being used in a 1990 movie about the original Memphis Belle, a legendary World War II bomber that was the first Flying Fortress to complete 25 combat missions.
Bob Zeoli’s father, Alfred Zeoli, was a top turret gunner in a B-17 that went down over France during World War II. On Friday, Bob Zeoli got to ride in a World War II-era Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress, nicknamed the Aluminum Overcast, that’s visiting Felts Field.
This spring, a French village honored the American crew of a World War II bomber at a memorial dedication attended by the Spokane widow of the plane’s pilot and their son. “They are a people who still remember,” said Pauline “Paula” Lorenzi, 88, one of 17 Americans and nearly 500 French to attend the May 28 ceremony in Le Cardonnois, France.
A B-17 bomber dating to World War II apparently made an emergency landing today in a cornfield outside Chicago before it was consumed by fire while the seven people aboard escaped uninjured, according to the Federal Aviation Administration. (AP)
A B-17 bomber dating to World War II apparently made an emergency landing today in a cornfield outside Chicago before it was consumed by fire while the seven people aboard escaped uninjured, according to the Federal Aviation Administration.
SEATTLE — Step inside Boeing’s cavernous Plant 2 along East Marginal Way South — large enough to hold eight football fields — and it’s hard to imagine a pilot might fly over this facility and not notice it. But as Boeing’s CEO Jim Albaugh said Sunday, “When you’re building B-17s, you don’t want the bad guys to know where it is.”