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    Unhappy Boeing Stratoliner Down In Seattle

    **Note: I moved this message over here, even though not racing related, this seems more appropriate here than where I originally put it***

    Bummer!

    Nobody hurt badly, aircraft reasonably intact. Thanks to one of the board members for the tip, we just tuned into Seattle TV website and got this

    http://sns.kcpq.com/kcpq-032802planedown.story

    http://www.seattleinsider.com/partne...ane_photo.html

    http://www.komotv.com/stories/17560.htm

    http://www.king5.com/topstories/NW_0....1dcfd60f.html



    http://www.nwcn.com/topstory/NW_0328....1dcfd60f.html

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    Default Boeing Stratoliner Leaving Oshkosh AirVenture 2001

    This airplane was/is absolutely beautiful! The level of the restoration was immaculate, of particular note to this polished metal fan was the gorgeous finish on this airplane. One can only hope that they will be able to tow it up the very convenient boat ramp just aft of the tail and will be able to get under it and somehow lower the gear first. Truly a miracle that there is so little visible damage and that no one was seroiously injured! Wonderful peice of history, would have been a terrible shame to lose it.



    Wayne
    PS.. we have several more shots of this airplane that we've been trying to get ready for display and will try to do so asap.

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    Unhappy

    My source said three runaway props.No power on R wing, only one engine on L wing. Boeing volunteers worked six plus years to restore it and get it ready to go to the Smithsonian. Pretty sad in Seattle tonight.

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    Originally posted by ShermB
    My source said three runaway props.No power on R wing, only one engine on L wing. Boeing volunteers worked six plus years to restore it and get it ready to go to the Smithsonian. Pretty sad in Seattle tonight.
    Clicking on the links above, there is now amateur video of the landing, the pilot did a masterful job of getting it down in one piece.

    One does have to wonder about the fuel remaing on board, however. I remember a similar incident several years ago when I lived in PDX where a DC-8 had a landing gear light showing or not showing. They flew around messing with it till one after the other, the engines quit on them.

    I really hate to say it, and I don't mean it in any way to cast any shadow on the pilot, who did a great job of getting her down and doubtless, fuel management was somebody else's "job" on the flight.. (though we all know it finally rests on PIC)

    But if someone wanted to bet me a $20 spot right now on how much fuel was left on that airplane, I'd say... "not enough"...

    Wayne

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    Even tho it sounds like it, I sure hope it was'nt fuel mismanagement. One of the thre worthless Quantities. Altitude above, Runway behind and air in the tanks. Wonderful job getting her down in one piece and with all souls aboard safe.

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    Default Re: b307

    Originally posted by leo
    Even tho it sounds like it, I sure hope it was'nt fuel mismanagement. One of the thre worthless Quantities. Altitude above, Runway behind and air in the tanks. Wonderful job getting her down in one piece and with all souls aboard safe.
    Yep it was indeed.. The captain of the DC-8 that landed "short" at PDX also did a masterful job landing the airplane in suburban east Portland and the cockpit transcript had him query the FE several times during the manuevering while they were trying to sort out the gear indication problem.. all that considered, the FAA still frowns on any captiain when an airplane lands short, short of fuel.

    It'll be a bummer for the pilot if so. It is a miracle that it came out as good as it did though.

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    Today's paper shows her out of the water and being loaded for transport. They will assess the salt water damage and make their determinations for repair/restoration. Pilot quoted as having difficulty with one engine after ahooting a touch and go, so headed back. Rest of the engines then went before he could make the field. One of the pax was the guy that headed up the original restoration work project.

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    Originally posted by ShermB
    Today's paper shows her out of the water and being loaded for transport. They will assess the salt water damage and make their determinations for repair/restoration. Pilot quoted as having difficulty with one engine after ahooting a touch and go, so headed back. Rest of the engines then went before he could make the field. One of the pax was the guy that headed up the original restoration work project.
    Could have been worse to be sure! But a lot of work ahead of them and I read in one article where the Smithsonian was not sure they would return it to flight status.. I suspect a disassembly and overland trip to her final resting place will be what happens.. Or more likely, a long barge trip.

    Link to Seattle PI story http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/64667_plane30.shtml

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    Default Re: Recovery Photos

    Originally posted by bearfan1
    http://www.bobqat.com/AeroBob/307/Recovery.html

    Duane
    Very cool.. good link Duane! Does not look too good but could sure have been worse!

    She sure looked better at Oshkosh!

    Wayne

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