g38 From United States of America, joined Oct 2009, 229 posts, RR: 0 Posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 14251 times:
As, I'm sure you're all aware B-17G (N390TH) crashed last summer. Fortunately no one was hurt, but the aircraft was a total loss... or was it?
The Liberty Belle's website now says it will be rebuilt! They do not have any other information that I can find, and based on the photos I saw of the wreck I find this incredibly hard to believe. So, does anyone else know more?
Below is a link to the liberty foundation's website where you will see under the "Important points to know" section right on the front page the claim that the plane will be rebuilt.
eksath From United States of America, joined Aug 2004, 1323 posts, RR: 25
Reply 1, posted (2 years 6 months 3 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 14086 times:
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Quoting g38 (Thread starter): Fortunately no one was hurt, but the aircraft was a total loss... or was it?
I have no knowledge about this rebuild but aircraft that have been substantially destroyed have "flown" again.
In the past, substantially destroyed aircraft were "resurrected" by using substantial parts from other "donor" aircraft(s). i.e. the resulting aircraft still incorporated components of the first hence the term "rebuilt" could be used.
It made a forced landing in a farmers field after an in flight fire was discovered. The fire was very small and the fire department reached the aircraft minutes after it landed and while the fire was still in only the wing. However, the field was too wet for the fire trucks to enter and the fire subsequently spread and destroyed the plane.
Glad to hear she will fly once again. Hopefully, it will be more of a new plane rather than parts of other 17's that could have been restored. I got to see the Liberty Belle in Kissimmee months before it's first flight and departure from the airport.