Re:B-17G SALLY B to perform at 40th Combat Wing Reunion, Thurleigh, En
My understanding is that the insurance was settled for the short term at least. This B-17 was grounded due to engine troubles for 2008. Was back in the air beginning of this season 09.... but... what we determine to have been during our display at the 40th CW event May 24th, she blew number one engine again (!). Aircraft seen to be trailing black trail of smoke on most pictures taken on that day. Unconfirmed sources told me today (Sunday 31st May) that SALLY B had indeed blown number one and had returned to Duxford base, after displaying with us on the 40th CW event, with a feathered number one engine. She did not display on May 25th as expected, the following day, at the American Cemetery, Madingley ceremonies (Armed Forces Day here in UK). I have no other news but assume she is perhaps again grounded? This number one engine had only just been repaired-replaced by the operator prior to start of this 2009 season.
Ian White - 1st VP 2012-2013, 305th BGMA Hon. Life Associate, UK-European Contact and 305th BGMA Historian