Several years ago we boarded the B-17 “Liberty Belle” in Addison, Tx for a flight of a lifetime, but as it taxied down the runway the right outside engine began to spew plumes of white smoke and the bird began shaking...more so.. it’s a rough ride under the best of conditions. With us was an elderly gentleman, old enough to have been a WWII Vet, easily, and unmoved through it all. But not everyone was so stoic. Twin girls screaming, mother conforting them. Even I wondered if this was not such a great idea...(I wasn’t certain the pilot was aware of the problem)happily he aborted, turned around, and we deplaned and that was that. I have some pics around here somewhere and she was a real beauty.
posted on 03/19/2013 6:50:22 PM PDT
( Democracy is the road to socialism-- Karl Marx)
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Not to worry.
Obviously that meant a new Pope was selected.....
posted on 03/19/2013 6:52:27 PM PDT
(6/98 --I turn 75 next year- but remember, that's only 24 Celsius. (TKS R. Reagan))
My family and I also had the honor to tour the liberty belle in Douglas Ga. A few months before she burned up. Got lots of pics and the kids loved it. We were all heartbroken when we learned what happened to her.
posted on 03/19/2013 7:03:45 PM PDT
by Vote 4 Nixon
Several years ago we boarded the B-17 Liberty Belle in Addison, Tx for a flight of a lifetime, but as it taxied down the runway the right outside engine began to spew plumes of white smoke and the bird began shaking... I have some pics around here somewhere and she was a real beauty.
Liberty Belle was destroyed in a fire a year or two back. From the first notice of smoke (while in the air) to the plane being on the ground (in a freshly-plowed field) and her crew and passengers deplaned was somewhere in the neighborhood of a minute or two.
Fire apparatus showed up in time to save her, but couldn't traverse the field to actually get to her. Absolutely heartbreaking.
She was a pretty special plane - sent to Pratt & Whitney as an engine testbed, had a massive engine (prop) installed in the nose that could maintain the aircraft in flight with the other four engines off and feathered. After being retired from P&W she went to the New England Air Museum, where she was heavily damaged during the 1979 Hartford tornado. She sat semi-crumpled for over 10 years (maybe close to 20) before she was bought and restored to flying condition.
No doubt, but the fact is the B17 could fly very well with three or even two engines. There was that much surplus power in those 1200 HP Wright turbocharged engines.
...the B-17 Liberty Belle in Addison, Tx
Do you know if the Liberty Belle is based in Addison? If she is, I'll have to get over there and give her a visit. Thanks.
posted on 03/19/2013 11:10:00 PM PDT
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