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I guess flying these "ancient" aircraft takes a certain  amount of risk to it, but then again it still is a "way" of experiencing what it would like have been to be flying the aircraft, NOT the way it was in WW2 ofcourse, but just sitting in a ancient aircraft.

That being said i was lucky to fly their P51D in the back seat at the first months of this year, but unfortunately my pilot got killed a few months afterwards flying the N9M.....again a famous aircraft of the time............

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1 hour ago, cbk57 said:

 

A 30 minute ride in a B-17 is only that, you really are not experiencing the aircraft as that would require taking a 8 hour flight at about 30,000.00 feet to really get a sense of what it was like.  

I’d argue that there is nothing out there today that will allow you to get a sense of what “it” was like.    That being said, a few years back, I had the pleasure of standing in relatively close proximity to this B-17 when she started her engines and the sounds (and smells) of those 4 motors starting up was incredibly moving to me.   It sounds strange but standing there, I felt a small but very distinct connection to those 19-year old kids who flew these ships into combat.  

 

 

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I echo the statement that like all airplane accidents we must find out why.  And maybe we can make some improvements.  I am not for eliminating rides on vintage aircraft.  I flew on Aluminum Overcast some years ago, and I would hate to rob others of such an awesome experience.  

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5 hours ago, Jennings Heilig said:

Very sad news.  Condolences to the families of those who lost their lives, and healing energy to those who were injured.  

 

My short ride aboard Nine-O-Nine back in 2001 was a lifetime memory.

I actually had that on my bucket list. Now never to happen. 

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Hey all

Sad news today. The Collings Foundation B-17 has crashed in Connecticut.:(:(:(:omg: this happened October 2, 2019 at approximately 9:00 am.

  There were 7 people killed. There were three crew members on board with I believe 10 paying passengers, plus one person on the ground involved. They had just taken off when they experienced engine problems and turned around to land and check out what was wrong when they crashed into a building on the runway area by the de-icing facility. From the videos it's hard to believe how anyone could have survived. I hope they don't stop these flights because of this, because there is already talk about how safe these old WW2 planes are, sad very sad:(

Ron G 

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10 minutes ago, thunderbolt1988 said:

why did she crash?

Until the report is released any thoughts on this are just uniformed conjecture.  

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