Liberty Bell, Famous B-17 Finally Goes Down. They should Stop Flying All B-17s and B-29s Immediately. (Error Corrected)

by Daniel Russ on June 14, 2011

Liberty Bell B-17

 

This old bird took off yesterday from Aurora Airport and crew smelled smoke. A Texan T-6 chase plane from the same era reported fire and the plane crash landed at Highway 71 and Minkler Road in Oswego. This was a historic plane and should have been left on the ground. Heck, Civil War re-enacters don’t use real musket balls.

 

 

Liberty Bell B-17 In Better Days

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Chuck Shotton June 14, 2011 at 3:36 am

There are plenty of B-17s in museums and static displays all around the planet. If private individuals want to restore one and fly it so people can experience first-hand what it was like to see, hear, and fly in one, who are you to tell them not to? Would you also suggest that they stop flying B-24s? B-25s? A-26s? P-51s? P-38s? Where do you draw the line? Heck, let’s just stop general aviation altogether, just in case we forgot one.

Daniel Russ June 14, 2011 at 6:56 am

I think you’re going a bit too far

But these planes were not meant to fly this long

I would rather people let them stay on the ground preserved for posterity.

So, that’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.

devilsrope June 18, 2011 at 7:48 pm

I wish people would do their homework before they write or coment this look up the seriel numbers this B-17 never went overseas much less Dusseldorf. It came out of the factory streight into storage then sold for scrap. Pratt and Whitney purchased the plane just before the scrapper got to it and used it for a test platform for new engines they moved the cockpit back and placed an engine mount in the nose the only 5 engine B-17 as for flying warbirds look at FIFI the only airworthy B-29 in the world still going strong. also Should we make all pre 1950 Street Rods stay in the garage same thing not many of them around

Shawn June 18, 2011 at 8:22 pm

The Liberty Bell B-17G 44-85734(N390TH) was delivered May 14, 1945 and placed into storage in Syracuse NY deemed excess Oct. 1945 and flown to RFC field in Altus OK for disposal. Sold to Esparado Mining Co. for scrap in June 1947. Just prior to being destroied in Nov. 1947 it was sold to Pratt and Whitney and became NL5111N and flown to Boing field for modifications for testing the P&W R-4360 28 cylender engine between 1949 through the mid 1960’s it was used as an engine test bed. in 1969 the plane was donated to the Connecticut Aeronauctial Historic Assn. it was on display until 1979 when a devestating tornado hit the museum. it was traded and restored to flying status on Dec.8 2004 she flew again. as for the raid on Dusseldorf the plane was not even built yet do the homework before posting.

Sully thomason July 2, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Im from englend un like the us we have only the ONLY 17 flying in england and europe wich is a shame n i beleve that aircraft like libert bell should be kept flying all over i see now good reson or problem why thay shouldnt be aslong as thay are maintaind properly fortunetly ours is wich is alsompartly thanks to liberty bell as thay donated one of her spear( i belve) engins and i know over in the us thers many well respected aircraft operaters of vintage aircraft , wer nkt as fortunet to have may operations as these over hear gess that the price we pay for been a small country ay! Bet we are luck to have a few keepin ther good old birds goin like RAF Duxford also home to the USAF and our owen RAF keepin the battle of britain memorial flight wich homes about 4 huricens abut 5 spits one been a mki thee oldest spit flying one lancaster n one decota . plus how ofted do you hear of aircraft of the age goin down? Very few you get more moden day airlines goin goin than 17s or spits p51s decotas n the likes?so no we should keep them flyin ther worth more that just a museum pice thay mean a lot to world heritag n peoples grandperents who flew such awsome mechines keep them goin i say! Let them live!

Bradford Hutchingson March 16, 2013 at 3:46 am

The Collins Foundation, in Massachusetts, flies a B-24J, and a B-17 Painted & marked as the “909”/”Nine-O-Nine” named from its’ serial #…every year or two, they fly into town, land at the local airport, and always draw a huge crowd… They fly low & slow over town a few times, for publicity…It always makes me get all goose-bumpy seeing them at tree-top level…They do an “Honor Flight” thing, – giving Veterans & paying customers short rides…I had the honor of knowing a ball turret gunner before he passed away…Sgt. Dan Higgins, still flying in our memories… As long as they keep ’em flying, we will keep the memory alive…At least there’s some engines & parts salvageable from Liberty Bell…Too bad she crashed and burned…Did crew escape?…

Daniel Russ March 16, 2013 at 9:32 am

I don’t know. But we have the technology to virtually recreate an entire bombing mission. Let’s leave the hardware for museum and education and posterity. My opinion.

John Hetlinger March 21, 2013 at 9:32 am

I was fortunate enough to see the Liberty Bell flying in the Kansas City skys many times as it was taking paying customers on flights, taking off and landing at the downtown airport. Most days I had a clear shot of the airplane as our house is/was on the landing pattern flight path. I would run out and watch as it majestically roared overhead. I took pictures several times of that great bomber. What a beautiful airplane that one was. I was really taken aback when it crashed and burned a little while after it left Kansas City.
I also saw the last (I suppose anyway) flight of the German Hinkel 111. My brother-in-law and I were at Lake Melvern in Kansas reserving a shelter house for my son’s late July birthday party and suddenly I said: “Look, Larry. There’s a Hinkel 111.” That was an awesome sight in that beautiful blue sky, as one can imagine. It was flying to the Air Museum in Topeka, where it is on exhibition for all to view. It will never be flown again. Maybe there is a lesson in that! Anyway, here is a you.tube video comparison of the B-17 and Hinkel 111: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XFcszAzfIvg

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