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ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Jun 2011 4:37 a.m. PST

Another of the gallant veterans has passed away.

link

It is a treat to see them flying, but there is always the risk of losing them.

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2011 6:44 a.m. PST

That is a shame. I had the fortune of going inside one for a while back in 1995. It was as I was leaving the air show that I saw they were offering rides later that evening. I had other commitments so I had to pass.

It's always puzzled me about why the Smithsonian does not have a B-17. The Memphis Belle is in private hands. After all they did keep the Enola Gay B-29. That's just down the street from me.

Matthew

Monkey Hanger Fezian14 Jun 2011 8:47 a.m. PST

A sad loss but at least there were no fatalities to the crew.

RIP Liberty Belle
:-)

GuyG1314 Jun 2011 8:54 a.m. PST

Memphis Belle now belongs to the US Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson AFB and is currently under restoration.

link

45thdiv Supporting Member of TMP14 Jun 2011 10:30 a.m. PST

GuyG13 Thanks for the info and link. I stand corrected as to the location of the true "Belle" – I am glad it is being restored

Matthew

GuyG1314 Jun 2011 12:02 p.m. PST

No worries. Love to give plugs to the Air Force Museum. Much better than the Smithsonian IMHO.

Saginaw14 Jun 2011 1:27 p.m. PST

Thank God that no one was killed in the accident, but I'm sorry to see that the ol' Fort was lost. And she was a beauty, too.

peace

rallypoint15 Jun 2011 2:20 p.m. PST

It's always puzzled me about why the Smithsonian does not have a B-17. The Memphis Belle is in private hands. After all they did keep the Enola Gay B-29. That's just down the street from me.

It's my understanding when the Memphis Belle goes on display at the NMAF, the B-17G "Shoo Shoo Baby" currently on display, goes to the Smithsonian.

The NMAF also has the B-17D "The Swoose". Originally named "Ole Betsy", it was badly damaged in combat near Australia. "Betsy" had the back half of its fuselage replaced with a spare from another B-17D. The new pilot, Capt. Weldon Smith, gave it a new nickname after a then-popular song about a half-swan, half-goose called the "Swoose." Later, a Capt. Frank Kurtz took over The Swoose. You would know him better as the father of actress Swoosie Kurtz.

To check out how the restorations are going, see link

Personal logo Andrew Walters Supporting Member of TMP16 Jun 2011 9:40 a.m. PST

That is a bummer. I'm going to watch a B-17 training film DVD today to commemorate the loss. The pilot did a good job keeping everyone alive, and he definitely has a story to tell.

We need to be careful with the last few. After all, there are only two flying and 17 static B-24s left. There are a few more B-17s – 9 that can fly – but still…

Andrew

Old Slow Trot17 Jun 2011 6:40 a.m. PST

Glad to hear they all got out safely. Bummer about the plane.

Doom of the DawgHaus Deathlord Inactive Member16 Oct 2011 3:50 p.m. PST

Not too many of them left. It had been well over 15 years since I had seen one around here. One flew over my house just today.

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