The one where I was gonna babble about the week’s events…

…but then I saw this headline declaring the tragic loss of a wonderful piece of history. Liberty Belle, a B-17G built in 1944, crashed in a corn field shortly after takeoff. Thankfully, all the human units aboard escaped unharmed. Sadly, Liberty Belle was not so fortunate, the photo and video in the article making plain that fact.

I won’t ramble on about how sad such a loss is, or about the irreplaceable nature of a B-17, or how so many would love to see her fly again, but every bit of it is true. Damn our luck anyway. They don’t make ’em like that anymore, although I wish someone did…there’s a business plan in there somewhere. yah?


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5 Responses to The one where I was gonna babble about the week’s events…

  1. Justthisguy says:

    Yah, that totally sucks, but the Boeing airplane took care of the people in it, as always.

  2. Justthisguy says:

    P.s. Recently there was an anniversary of the crash of the Lady Be Good, a B-24. Her crew jumped, rather than ride her in, as B-24s were infamous for breaking up into pieces when coming down with the wheels up. Lady Be Good did indeed break up into at least two pieces, with the main fracture just abaft the trailing edge of the wing.

    My Dear Dead Dad survived a wheels-up landing in a B-29, in which the aircraft commander advised everybody to jump out while they were still sliding. The airplane did not break up, but it did catch fire and burn up. I blame Curtiss-Wright, not Boeing.

  3. Quartermaster says:

    The weakness of the 29 were the engines. LeMay finally worked out a regime to operate the things so the AAF could accomplish something with the AC, but it cost Possum Hansell command, and nearly cost LeMay command before he got things worked out.

    Sir John of Argghhh gave me the quote : “the 24 got you home faster, but the 17 got you there more often.” The bugs were pretty much worked out with the 17 well before the war and the model changes were basically field mods put into production. The chief Engineer of Boeing insisted the AC bring its crews home. Consolidated’s Chief Engineer was looking to optimize the system for performance, and he succeeded, but at the cost of the men that flew them.

    Funny that the remaining B-17s were all built by Douglas as they built them like they built their commercial AC, with plenty of anti-corrosion treatment. Boeing, up ’til then, had been mainly a builder of military AC.

    • Mongo says:

      I dinna know about B-17’s being built by Douglas, but doesn’t surprise me with so many companies building aircraft during the war. If we ever went that way again, we’d better hope to have Toyota, Daimler, and Hyundai on our side! We’d be in a helluva shape otherwise!

      On a completely unrelated note, a friend used to tell me that the Japs knew the MIDWAY better than we did, since they performed all the in port maintenance in Yokusuka. Apparently they also had an excellent plan for stabilizing the ship that did not include the blisters, but the US Engineers thought their way was better. The Japs just shook their heads and “Gomen Asai, Gaijin!” We know how that turned out.

    • Justthisguy says:

      Good enough for Government work.

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