Restored WWII bomber crashes

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    Restored WWII bomber crashes

    By Gerry Smith and Cynthia Dizikes, Chicago Tribune
    June 14, 2011 | Los Angeles Times


    The B-17 Flying Fortress had been scheduled to give flights to the public over Father's Day weekend. All seven aboard walk away without serious injury after the Illinois crash.

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    A restored World War II bomber that was scheduled to give public flights over Father's Day crashed and burned in Illinois. Nobody was seriously hurt. (WGN-TV, WGN-TV / June 14, 2011)

    Reporting from Oswego, Ill. —
    A World War II Flying Fortress bomber crashed and burned Monday in a cornfield southwest of Chicago, but seven crew members and volunteers walked away without serious injury.

    The B-17, christened the Liberty Belle, took off from the Aurora Municipal Airport at 9:30 a.m. and made an emergency crash landing in Oswego, 44 miles outside Chicago, after the pilot reported an engine fire, said Sugar Grove Fire Chief Marty Kunkle.
    Witnesses said the pilot set the plane down between a tower and a line of trees.

    The crew had smelled smoke and was trying to pinpoint the problem when the pilot of another plane, a single-engine T6 Texan, radioed them about the engine fire, said Tim Sorensen, an air safety investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board.

    The plane was headed to the Indianapolis Regional Airport, said airport spokeswoman Allisa Pipes, and was scheduled to give flights to the media Monday and to the public over Father's Day weekend.

    Don Brooks, founder of the Liberty Foundation, said the seven people on board were crew members and volunteers who helped with the foundation's tours around the country.

    The foundation had been flying the Liberty Belle since it was restored in 2004, Brooks said. The plane, manufactured in 1944, had not missed more than "a couple days" because of mechanical problems, he said, once flying to England and back with no problems.

    The B-17 was primarily deployed by the U.S. Army Air Forces in daylight strategic bombing of German industrial and military targets.

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    Why did they have to restore it in the first place?
     
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    Well I don't mind with restoration. I just don't see why had to fly that WWII relic when it should be kept in a museum.

    Glad that nobody died.
     

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