A pilot’s take on the B-17 crash

Three weeks before the tragic loss of life in the B-17 crash at Bradley Field, my brother Michael and I toured that plane at Oxford Airport. Michael is a licensed pilot and had flown in that plane many times. He even got to take the controls on one flight to Boston some years ago.

The B-17 was owned by the Collings Foundation, which travels around the country with its fleet of World War II planes. They include two other bombers, a B-24 (the last airworthy one in the world) and a B-25, and two fighters, a P-51 Mustang and a P-40 Warhawk.

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