Geschichte der
B-17 #44-9000

Delivered Dallas 26/2/45; Hunter 10/4/45; Sth Plains 2/5/45; 4168 Base Unit, South Plains, Texas 30/9/46; re-ass 31/3/47; 4136 BU Hill Fd 29/4/47; Reconstruction Finance Corporation (sold for scrap metal in USA) Walnut Ridge 10/4/49.

Details 44-9000

War in einem Unfall am 25 November 1949 verwickelt. Siehe Kommentar unten von Greg Campbell. Wurde dementsprechend nach dem aktuellen Stand nicht im April 1949 verschrottet.

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  1. von Greg Campbell am 28. November 2017 15:37 Uhr

    Not sure of the accuracy of the current information which states this aircraft was scrapped in October 1949. There was an aircraft accident investigation initiated following the arrival of 44-9000 at Bolling Field near Washington DC, opposite of the current Reagan National Airport.

    The pilot arrived in the area under Instrument Meteorological Conditions (IMC) and was cleared to hold at Mt Vernon, south of the two airports. Visual Flight Rule (VFR) conditions were obtained at about 5,000′ and a visual approach to Bolling Field’s (shorter) Runway 35, with right hand traffic was authorized. The visual approach began at 3,500′ and the plane made a right hand pattern and landed on Runway 35 at Bolling Field, as expected.

    During the last part of the approach a bright flash was observed by the crew. Speculation was that it could have been lightning, or possible contact with a power line attached to 250′ tall unlit towers near Bolling Field.

    A post-landing inspection by the crew revealed no indication of contact between the plane & and any power line. A subsequent aircraft investigation also cleared the crew of striking the power line, although some local news reports suggested that the B-17 had knocked out power to parts of Washington DC.

    In any event, the accident report statements for B-17 44-9000 make it fairly certain that this aircraft was on the ground at Bolling Field on the night of 25 November 1949, which is a month after the current entry says the aircraft was sold for scrap in Oct 1949.


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