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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.
Veteran pilot: World War II veteran Bob Beshore pauses for a photo in front of a B-24 Liberator at Spokane International Airport Monday. Three WWII aircraft, a B-24, a B-17 and a P-51 Mustang stopped in Spokane as part of the Wings of Freedom tour by the Collings Foundation, a nonprofit educational foundation. Beshore, 91, was a bombardier who participated in only three missions in the South Pacific before the Japanese surrendered. Visitors can tour the airplanes on the ground today and Wednesday morning. Cost is $12 for adults and $6 for kids. World War II veterans are admitted free. The planes depart Wednesday at noon.