Not all of the WW1 aircraft on display are reproductions. The B-17 Was Iconic B-17s in flight over Europe. And the specific engine failure they suffered results in a particularly difficult to control airplane. A. The sound from those four large radial engines was just incredible. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ycPmZ85xn5M Most of their damage occurred at high altitudes allowing the pilots time to recover/compensate before hitting the ground. Ultimately, the B-17 did not complete the second evaluation. Seems as though the 3 inch diameter fuel line is the choke point. When the pilot ran up the engines to taxi, the propwash blew both my kids into the bushes behind us. That’s enough power for someone to take a seat in and take off! However, in its day, many pilots compared it with the B-24 and declared their preference for the B-17 owing to its stability and durability. now you just are being dumb. After it appeared on HaD it suffered a nasty crash. Just the day before, Seattle Times reporter Richard Williams had been lucky enough to see the heavily armored aircraft. I’ve been in that plane (on the ground, 5 years ago in Worcester, MA). 41-2399. Planes don’t crash just because they’re old. WW2 pilots could return home after 25 missions, each lasting up to maybe 10-12 hours, so on the order of 300 hours. It is this exceptional design that has kept them working in the hands of unskilled tinkerers over the decades. Again, it’s always possible that it wasn’t related, but the odds are very much against that. I extend my sympathies. Incidentally, this is the very same airplane which we covered only a number of days ago. A sad day for War Bird aviation for sure. Yes, multiengine aircraft can fly on one engine. A lot of it is far more easily done today than it ever was – hell you can 3D scan & machine / print new parts from scratch… but where you need some massive jig the size of a building to fabricate a large assembly, there’s just no cheap substitute. Its crew was officially pronounced dead after three years. They actually did an engine swap on this exact aircraft when there were at my local airport (ORH – Worcester) a couple years ago. I agree on the 3 engines.Really just would be a a little stick and rudder comp but i was really suspecting fuel contamination obut we will wait till we get findings.Climb out on 3 should not been much of an issue. The ATC audio is already available, the pilot never even declared a formal emergency. World Solar Challenge: How Far In A Solar Car? Its bombing ability was not the highest priority, even though it was a bomber, giving it a relatively smaller bomb load when compared to other aircraft. My sister’s Farther-in-Law (mentioned in a previous article) told me that after a fiery crash, there wasn’t much left of any wreckage, They would rake through the debris, and find some bone fragments and send those back to the families as the “body” of their loved one. The people that go through these planes, service them and fly them know them like the back of their hands. I was walking from the tower back to the FBO when I heard a loud rumbling from behind. Pilot error, pilot error, pilot error. They do it because they love it and want to, not because it’s a job. Years ago it was 3500 an hour for the plane…dry….and you had to fly with the owners instructor (based on the other side of the US). In fact, it can even continue the take-off and then safely land with just one engine. i bet the ntsb will recommend grounding significantly antiquated aircraft, ban them from carrying passengers, require more stringent inspections, etc. Or maybe write about planes of your “favourite” choice of government ;). These pilots had over 15,000 hours each and flew these planes very frequently, in service more than 300 days per year. Grandma never flew in her life because she said she “knew how they were built” and she died at 99. They fly these planes literally every single day. They were also in their early to mid 70’s. (That plane could fly on 2 engines.) The people working in WWII factories were not skilled aircraft assemblers, they were mostly unskilled workers pulled in from civilian businesses. Finally, I glanced up, and there was a B-17 making a simulated bombing run on the building I was in. They fly them each day during the stopovers with passengers who pay to go for a 30-minute ride. This includes regular inspections of all critical structure and systems, as well as regular re-builds of the engines. flyable replicas are a thing for a lot of smaller warbirds, though idk about bombers. Out of only four Black Widows that remain, it will be the only one that will fly. An engine failure was reported, an emergency landing initiated, the plane came in too low causing it to clip ground hardware… yea, no reason to believe the engine failure had ANYTHING to do with it. A fire hot enough will melt and oxidise the aluminum into near dust. The only way to save such a B17 is to take manual control and fly it yourself. Many such planes returned to base after all sorts of abuse during the war, but part of that was because the pilots and flight engineers would get together and talk shop and I bet they knew all the quirks and tricks and arcane hacks to limp one of these birds home _because_ they compared notes and remembered each other’s tricks and stories. Nonsense! 1. You won’t want to miss Aluminum Overcast when it visits an airport near you!. That movie was great, thanks for your contribution. ... What makes the b-52 bomber fly? Still a tragic loss of life. I did hear that the flight engineer survived, so perhaps he will be able to shed some light on what happened. Something happened, and the pilots weren’t able to recover. Most likely not multiple times per week as the pilots did during wartime. And shot full of holes to boot. The B-17 was massive, taking a little bit of time to fire up all four engines. This was a good demonstration of the durability of the Flying Fortress which managed to fly back to base without falling apart after the severe collision. Oil analysis can identify impending internal failures before total failure. I feel deeply effected by this. From the day of its maiden flight 83 years ago, the B-17 Flying Fortress has become the royalty of the skies. In short, these guys were very good. For the same reason we can’t re-manufacture Saturn V or the F-22. The NTSB has indicated that they have dispatched a team to investigate the crash, and say that a preliminary report is likely two weeks away. Does this plane even have hydralics? But yeah, lets go with the idea that all weapons are bad all the time and we should just stick our heads in the sand when Nazi are kill us off. News also reported that the plane veered to the right of the runway… I’d be leaning toward loss of hydraulics on right control surfaces just before touchdown… Loss of lift and drop on right wing with not enough time to recover…. A B-52 has 8 TF33-P-3 turbofan engines. However, this mission was largely unsuccessful. First reports mentioned that the plane didn’t seem to be able to gain altitude, and my reaction was “with 3 engines and no payload, that shouldn’t have been a problem”. Maybe a stupid idea, but why not build a copy of these machine for airshow and keep the “real” one safe inside a hangar ? During a fly-off with two competing airplanes (DB-1 and Model 146), it was decided that the B-17 had shown more promise and was in tune with the recent USAAC philosophy. Myles has updated the project titled globe RGB. Wheeee! While only 42 model "D"swere built, by the time of Pearl Harbor the existing "C" models hadbeen upgraded to "D" specifications. Three downed B-17s were also repaired and restored to flying status by the Japanese. You will find if the oil is performing and life expectancy. What are we left with? Fuel does spread when released from its containers. Lockheed-Martin had one of their older test pilots who was in his 60’s and overweight fly the first F-22 from Georgia to CA. Now that most of the crew members who flee during the war have succumbed to old age there’s not that living repository of knowledge to draw on and the same likely goes for the ground mechanics too. ! The preliminary report says engine #4 was feathered and #3 was “partially feathered” and it’s not clear why #3 was. A group brought a B-17 (possibly 909 but I can’t recall for sure) and B-24 to Gainesville for an airshow some years back. A 14th aircraft, the YB-17A, originally destined for groun… Whoever was the engineer on that flight had them synchronized perfectly. B-52 bomber financing in World War 2? I have flown in and flown the show “Memphis belle” as the air show director. Sincerely journeyman aircraft mechanic Dennis Chalut. A twin-engine aircraft can fly perfectly well on one engine. They go around the country to various airports for the Wings of Freedom tours. Prayers for the families who have experienced such a tragic loss. It’s as if you’re asking for another beat-down. An emergency was not declared to ATC. Let the NTSB do its job and reach its conclusion. It is ranked third in a list of most produced bomber planes of all time, beaten by the Consolidated B-24 Liberator and Junkers Ju 88. Are you kidding? By using our website and services, you expressly agree to the placement of our performance, functionality and advertising cookies. Join us for an unforgettable experience aboard one of the few remaining airworthy B-17s in the world. The problems increase in almost direct proportion to the airplane’s size and weight. And, some of them still fly. Got my vote, but not easy. The flight controls on a B-17 are not hydraulic, but operated by cables directly from the yoke and rudder pedals. Question: If two engines on the same wing of a 747-400 fail, can the jet fly on the other two?-- submitted by reader Jack Ryan, Ohio. Lets all take a breath and mourn the loss of life and the plane, answers will come later. So maybe that’s why it couldn’t stay aloft. Simple math and war history tells you that those pilots had way more experience flying that bird than any wartime pilot. There isn’t much to the fuselage. May not be accurate, but one news report stated that it clipped an ILS beacon on final. The tooling was recycled a long time ago. (photo: facebook) Some new pictures surfaced last evening on the Bally Bomber facebook page showing Jack Bally's incredbile 1/3 scale B-17 replica fully assembled and sitting next to a Cessna 140. …But I wasn’t there, I’m not a pilot, and not the NTSB…. Asymmetric thrust from failed engines leads to crashes often enough that it’s often joked that the purpose of multiple engines is simply to get the aircraft to the crash site faster. This plane had made over 1,000 similar flights of this nature, easily 10 times the number of missions a B-17 would have flown over Europe. This was a B-17 Flying Fortress which was paid for by the city of Seattle. I too was on this very plane in 2018, and agree that the Collings Foundation looked like a first class operation, and this plane appeared to be in great shape at that time. I have seen quite a few with just a rack and pinion setup. A replica B17 though would likely use different engines and be built using modern airliner techniques for reasons of practicality. Its last flight was during a reconnaissance mission on the 14th of August 1942. This was an operation which involved flying unmanned bomber aircraft into highly fortified, bomb-resistant targets. Hackaday Podcast 099: Our Hundredth Episode! I wish I’d realized the Belle was up in Ohio back when I was living in Kentucky, I wouldn’t have minded getting to see her now that I’m an adult haha. Daniel has updated the project titled Bare metal second core on ESP32. One person on the ground was injured as well. Now that is the best idea I ever heard ! We did not get the flare - fog was over the target, and we would have to wait for the clearing of the river fog. Is it possible to fly with just two engines (one operating on each side)? We feel terrible about such loss of life and hope the injured make a speedy recovery. I just flew on this particular plane a few months ago in Oklahoma. As Worldvoyager has pointed out , having twice as many engines does not help you , since the probability of an engine failure is twice as much too !! About 40 B-17s were captured and modified by the Luftwaffe to suit their specific needs. Early versions proved to be more vulnerable to fighter attack than anticipated, but, by the time the B-17E version began to go into service shortly before the United States entered the war in 1941, the plane was equipped with turrets in the upper fuselage, belly, and tail. Facts: Parts are hard to come by, tooling for parts doesn’t exist anymore and most people qualified are seniors retired. I assume that any doubt causes a piece to be tossed and a replacement fabricated. It’s strange that one out of four engines out would lead to a crash though. 3: All engines during that time period rotated counter-clockwise (from the pilots perspective) with the russians being the exceptions (excluding foreign license produced engines) There are at least 6 current ground up restoration to fly projects underway now. A student in the first Aviation class that they school had (A Pilot Pilot program?) It won’t catch catastrophic failures if it relates to structural or external engine components, but it could have saved a lot of lives when there are “unknown” circumstances for crashes in private aviation. Irresponsible speculation. I have watched several videos of the crew(s) that fly this particular B-17. I think it was the Texas Raiders from the Commemorative Air Force. A 5-engine plane can fly on 3 engines but not on 2, while a 3-engine plane can fly on 2 engines but not 1. Some are the original aircraft. Tooling has been scrapped / gone missing and important shop floor fabrication notes have been lost. They produce 60hp so obviously the whole unit gives out 240. This can happen even with 4 engines running, but is worse with 3. I about fell out of my chair. “There’s also absolutely no reason to believe the crash happened due to the age of the plane, or even a hardware failure.”. Landing gear and flaps are electric. RIP. This is going to haunt me for a long time.”. I had the privilege of spending a day or two a week in the ATC cab at PSP. Seems strange that it had trouble climbing….yes one engine was out, but were the others hampered?…if so fuel would impact all of them. I flew on it in 2015 out of John Wayne in Orange County, Ca.It is sad to hearxabout it,but most of the WWII aiecraft are probably in better condition than our on commercial airlines. Most of the flying WWI aircraft are replicas. (Go listen for yourself.) But even then, incidents can happen. ncabalos has updated details to Balancing Robot. :D. Same thing happened with that crazy powerful STOL aircraft named Draco. Hoping the investigation reveals what happened. Definitely a tragedy that this happened, but it’s arguable that these types of aircraft just shouldn’t be flown any longer. About 25 B-17s were loaded with around 20,000lb of bombs and were modified into drones. If p is the probability with which an engine fails and you assume that engines fail … Including Champain Lady, Desert Rat, the new Liberty Belle, Lacy Lady, and at least 2 which haven’t been given names that I now of yet. To report on acceptance performance tests conducted at the manufacturer's plant on the B-17E airplane, A.C. No. Phil Greenspun (a flight instructor) weighed in on the crash: https://philip.greenspun.com/blog/2019/10/03/boeing-b-17-crash-at-bradley/, He concludes: “It was good weather at a great airport, an aircraft that was likely maintained as well as possible, a plane that can fly safely on three engines, and two pilots with a tremendous depth of experience. While it’s always possible the engine failure wasn’t related to the crash, it’s beyond absurd to suggest there’s no reason to believe it wasn’t. I saw a few more fly overs that day, but none that dramatic. Build a whole B17 from scratch? 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