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I just learned that a B-17 Flying Fortress bomber, the Liberty Belle, caught fire and crash-landed in a field outside Chicago back in June of this year.

It was being used to give plane rides and exhibitions when it took off from Aurora Municipal Airport and was forced to land about 20 minutes later near Chicago, Illinois.

Here's a video report on it:



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Comment by Bailey Woodrow on July 5, 2011 at 9:39pm
It's sad to see the end of her days. The Liberty Belle no doubt inspired my persona. I was looking forward to experiencing the flight one day.
Here's to one hell of a bomber! May her days of victory inspire by the thousands.
Comment by Twizard on July 4, 2011 at 8:51am
I think there are a number of others that still fly though I'm not sure.
Comment by Pilsner Panther on July 4, 2011 at 7:20am
I had no idea that there were even any operational B-17's left. A sad end to the old girl, but maybe an appropriate one, "in action." Ironically, the B-17 was famous for its ability to return home from a mission with most of the crew alive— even when shot half to hell by enemy flak and enemy fighters, on three or sometimes even two engines. So the crew got out with their lives, one last time!
Comment by Larry on July 2, 2011 at 5:58pm
BBC America reported that no one was killed but there were some injuries.
Comment by Павел Скрыльников on July 2, 2011 at 2:21pm
What a bad news! I hope no one was killed or injured?
Comment by Larry on July 2, 2011 at 2:16pm
Yes, a sad loss of such a magnificent vehicle that helped save the world from tyranny.
Comment by lord_k on July 2, 2011 at 12:14pm
Bad news.

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