B 17 Liberty Belle
June 14, 2011 by staff
B 17 Liberty Belle, The restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress “Liberty Belle” crashed and burned in a cornfield outside of Chicago on Monday, but seven people on board escaped without serious injury, according to the Chicago Tribune.
The pilot made an emergency landing after reporting an engine fire, the Tribune. Photos from the scene show the plane broken and burnt. The Liberty Foundation B-17 was one of those flying around the country, giving tours. It was built under contract by Lockheed at the end of the Second World War and never saw any combat. Gift of Freedom Foundation Brooks bought the plane at the turn of the century, painting in the colors and nose art of a homonym B-17 that flew several missions with the 390th bomb group of the 8 th Air Force, including missions with the father of Brooks as the tail gunner.
The owner of the Liberty Belle was discouraged in the morning in what he called the loss of a “national treasure.” Don Brooks was still reeling from the news around 14:00 while talking on the air from inside your car body shop in Georgia.
The plane was in Aurora this weekend as part of 2011, the Freedom Foundation Tribute to Veterans at the Aurora Municipal Airport in Sugar Grove. The public was invited to take flights of 20 minutes in the B-17 and 430. However, the plane did not fly on Sunday because of mechanical problems. On the morning of Monday, just after leaving for his next stop in Indiana, the plane had to make an emergency landing in a cornfield Kendall County after an engine caught fire. The plane was destroyed in the spread of fire once the plane was on the floor.
More than 12,000 B-17 were built during the Second World War and Brooks said of the fire on Monday, only 11 still flying.
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