The good news is, no one was seriously injured. The bad news is, the World War II vintage Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress replica of the original B-17 “Liberty Belle” that flew combat missions in World War II is a complete write-off.
We had the opportunity to see the Liberty Belle on a visit to the Cobb County Airport – McCollum Field back in July 2006. Unfortunately, it was a chance encounter that we hadn’t planned on and we didn’t have enough time to sign-on for a flight.
As you can see from the photos below taken earlier today, she’ll never fly again.
Here is a collection of links to recent stories about the accident, comments from the owner, as well as some historical information on the Belle.
- The “Facts” provided by Ray Fowler, the Liberty Foundation Chief Pilot who has taken the time to correct much of the mis-information reported by the media. (Good to see the Foundation’s website is back up)
- Local news story from Chicago on the forced landing and demise of the Belle
- Additional time-sequenced photos of the post-landing fire
- Comments from the owner Don Brooks can be found here
- Who is Don Brooks?A pretty amazing person
- Wikipedia Entry With Some History
- More history on the two donor aircraft that were used to create the Liberty Belle
A short YouTube Video by AvWeb with a very good report on the incident.
A short video of the Belle in all of her glory.
Just breaks my heart…