Jerry911
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B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Thu May 06, 2004 12:55 pm

Crying The B-17 Aluminum Overcast, N5017N, suffered a gear collapse today (about 4:00 PM, May 5th) while rolling out on a landing on runway 16 at Van Nuys, CA. There was a news helicopter flying close by and captured the accident on tape, which was then shown on the local CBS TV station, channel 2. The speed was low, and according to the reporter there were no injuries, but damage was said to be severe. The ball turret was shoved up into the airplane, with the support column coming out the top of the fuselage. The chin turret was heavily damaged, as were, no doubt, the engines and fuselage.

This was especially sad for me to watch, as I had just flown in this beautifully restored airplane last Saturday. She was on a tour of many airports, giving rides and entertaining a great many people. No doubt her tour will be at an end for now.

http://www.airliners.net/open.file/570054/M/

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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Thu May 06, 2004 1:13 pm

Let hope the insurance company for pay for her repairs, if she can be repaired. An airworthy B-17 is a rarity nowadays.
Glad to hear that no one got hurt. But I bet alot of pride were wounded. On a sidenote, I like to see the Picadilly Lilly in Chino get some attention, if she'll never fly again. The Lilly is the only B-17 I've ever had the pleasure of actually boarding. Regards.
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Thu May 06, 2004 1:18 pm

In world war II that aircraft would be a write off.

If a belly landing was required jetosing the ball turret was considered mandatory. Otherise it did exatly what happened in this crash, and was considered uneconomic to repair.

Sounds like a repairable accident today.
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Thu May 06, 2004 1:18 pm

If "9-0-9" was rebuilt (she was), "Aluminum Overcast" will be. Gear collapses are really rather minor on such an aircraft. She'll be back next year.
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Jerry911
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Thu May 06, 2004 1:22 pm

Yes, I have been on the Picadilly Lilly, too. Looks in pretty good shape, just needs some TLC...well, maybe more than *some*.

If you use Gate's Explorer, you can see the video of the accident in the KCBS website, here: http://www.cbs2.com/ Netscape won't work  Angry

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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Fri May 07, 2004 4:19 am

Having treated my father to a terrific ride (for both of us!) on EAA's beautiful Aluminum Overcast B-17 a couple of years ago, I was horrified to learn the latest news. I immediately went to VNY to see what I could see.

Unfortunately, FAA and NTSB were there, so the FBO could provide no access to the ramp for casual types. Thus, I've posted the best photo I could take under the circumstances at the link below. It's taken from a parking lot several hundred feet away.

http://home.earthlink.net/~brucegraham/al_overcast_vny.jpg

Let's hope she comes through this and is flying high again as soon as possible.
 
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Fri May 07, 2004 5:35 am

God bless the pilot!

Will the old bird be repaired for "next mission"?
 
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Fri May 07, 2004 6:06 am

Jerry911 gotta be pretty weird hearing of this after having just flown on it recently. Back in January a buddy of mine and I flew the short distance from Daytona Beach DAB to New Smyrna EVB in a 172 to see Aluminum Overcast on tour. We had a bonus though. 9-0-9 was sitting right next to her, getting its maintanance done as she does every winter.
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Fri May 07, 2004 11:57 am

Captjetblast, reading the previous posts is not a bad idea.  Smile/happy/getting dizzy

I am teasing you, it will be repaired as the damage was minor.
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Jerry911
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RE: B-17 Damaged In Gear Collapse During Landing

Fri May 07, 2004 2:21 pm

Thanks for the photo, GBOAA1PAX. You saved me an hour long trip to take one.

I heard someone today comment that he was told recently that, due to high operational costs, that this would most likely be Aluminum Overcast's final year of ops. Possible, but if retirement is being considered, this will be the straw! I hope not, as riding on it really made my day, and I honestly hate to see that come to an end for others.

Jerry

PS: To HaveBlue: Yes, it was a *little* weird. However, what was weirder was when I realized that I had flown on the Chicago DC-10 about a year before it crashed.