‘Liberty Belle’ Lives On


As we reported last week, the Liberty Foundation’s pristine B-17 Liberty Belle was lost near Chicago in an unfortunate set of circumstances that started with a fire on board. It became an injury-free off-airport landing (all seven on board got out safely) and ended with the loss of the aircraft because fire trucks couldn’t get to it fast enough in the muddy conditions on the field. Thanks to AVweb reader Lee Hogan, here’s an oddly hopeful photographic chronology of the event’s aftermath that shows Liberty Belle will live on in other B-17s. Thanks, Lee.