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Vintage airplane pilots shaken by Connecticut crash of B-17

Vintage airplane pilots shaken by Connecticut crash of B-17The deadly crash of a B-17 bomber in Connecticut has shaken the ever-smaller community of pilots who fly World War II-era planes that they say offer both unique challenges and thrills. Seven people were killed when the plane crashed and burned Wednesday about eight minutes after taking off from Bradley International Airport. The pilot, Ernest “Mac” McCauley, 75 who was regarded as one of the most experienced B-17 pilots in the country, reported a problem with an engine, turned back to the airport and touched down before losing control on a runway and crashing into a de-icing facility.



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Fiery B-17 plane crash has people asking: Are vintage bomber rides dangerous?

Fiery B-17 plane crash has people asking: Are vintage bomber rides dangerous?The World War II-era B-17 bomber that crashed Wednesday was never designed to carry passengers. Yet seven died. Should historic flights end?



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Vintage B-17 bomber makes fiery fatal landing in Connecticut, seven killed

Vintage B-17 bomber makes fiery fatal landing in Connecticut, seven killedThe Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress took off from Bradley International Airport on Wednesday morning and the crew contacted the air traffic control tower five minutes later to report a problem, National Transportation Safety Board member Jennifer Homendy said at a news conference. During the crew’s attempt to land back at the airport, the plane struck stanchions near a runway and careened across a grassy area and a taxiway before striking a de-icing facility, said Homendy, whose agency sent a 10-member team to investigate the crash.



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20 Vintage 4x4s That Are Cooler Than Modern SUVs

20 Vintage 4x4s That Are Cooler Than Modern SUVs



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Aretha Franklin being transported in vintage white hearse used by Rosa Parks

Aretha Franklin being transported in vintage white hearse used by Rosa ParksFollowing a week of mourning in her hometown city of Detroit, Aretha Franklin will be transported to her final resting in a hearse as glamorous as the Queen of Soul herself. The vintage two-door 1940 Cadillac LaSalle is known for transporting notable figures – including Franklin’s own father, Reverend CL Franklin in 1984, the Temptations baritone David Ruffin in 1991 and civil rights icon Rosa Parks in 2005. For Swanson, who was also behind the wheel of the vintage car for Franklin’s father, it has been a “privilege” to transport the Queen of Soul, who died earlier this month at the age of 76.



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Vintage Photos Show Lucille Ball's Unmatched Style Through The Years

Vintage Photos Show Lucille Ball's Unmatched Style Through The YearsLucille Ball was a star in more ways than one. She was a television pioneer, a



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Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in Switzerland

Twenty dead in WWII vintage plane crash in SwitzerlandTwenty people died after a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountainside at the weekend, police said Sunday. “The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. The 20 Minutes newspaper quoted a witness who was on the mountainside at the time of the crash.



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Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on board

Vintage plane crashes in Swiss Alps, killing 20 on boardBERLIN (AP) — Determining why a vintage plane crashed in the Swiss Alps will be challenging since the 79-year-old aircraft did not have black boxes and was traveling in an area without frequent radar readings when it plunged into a mountain, killing all 20 of the people on board, investigators said Sunday.



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WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 dead

WWII vintage plane crashes into Swiss mountainside, 20 deadTwenty people died when a vintage World War II aircraft crashed into a Swiss mountain at the weekend, police said Sunday, as an investigation was launched into why the plane plummeted straight down at high speed. “The police have the sad certainty that the 20 people aboard perished,” police spokeswoman Anita Senti told a news conference. The German-built Junker JU52 HB-HOT aircraft, dating from 1939 and nicknamed “Iron Annie”, was a collectors’ aircraft.



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Vintage plane crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on board

Vintage plane crash in Switzerland kills all 20 people on boardTwenty people were killed when a vintage aircraft operating a sightseeing flight over Switzerland crashed into the Alps over the weekend. There were no survivors, Swiss police announced yesterday (SUN) as a search and rescue operation was called off. The historic Junckers Ju-52 propellor plane disppeared on Saturday afternoon after taking off from Locarno in southern Switzerland on its way to a military airfield near Zurich. On board were three crew members and 17 passengers aged between 42 and 84 who had paid for the chance to travel on the 1930s-era aircraft. Among the passengers were an Austrian couple travelling with their grown-up son. The rest were believed to be Swiss. Locator: WWII vintage plane crash The wreckage of the aircraft was found 8,330 feet above sea level near Piz Segnas in the remote and rugged mountains of eastern Switzerland. “Based on the situation at the crash site we can say that the aircraft hit the ground almost vertically at a relatively high speed,” Daniel Knecht, head of aviation at the Swiss Accident Investigation Board, told a press conference on Sunday The cause of the accident is unclear, but investigators said they could not rule out a link to the current heatwave in Europe. “What we can rule out at this point is a mid-air collision before the crash, either with another aircraft or with some other obstacle such as a cable,” Mr Knehct said. There was no indication of any external interference with the flight, he added.  Wreckage of the old-time propeller plane Ju 52  Credit: AP Although the Junckers aircraft was almost 80 years old, it was serviced after every 35 hours of flying time and was believed to be in good condition after its most recent service at the end of July. Both pilots were experienced and had flown for regular civilian airlines and the Swiss air force. An investigation into the cause of the crash is likely to be complicated and take considerable time. The historic aircraft was not fitted with a black box or other modern data recording devices that could help explain what happened. The German-made Junckers Ju-52 was first produced in 1932 and was one of the earliest civilian passenger aircraft. During the 1930s it was the most widely used aircraft type in Europe. Affectionaly known in German as Tante Ju, or Auntie Ju, Ju-52s are chiefly remembered in Switzerland for providing a lifeline to parts of the country that were cut off by heavy avalances in 1952. A general view of the accident site of a Junkers Ju-52 airplane Credit: REUTERS The plane involved in the crash was being operated by Ju-Air, a Swiss company that specialises in sightseeing flights using historic aircraft. It had previously been used for tourist flights in Germany. Ju-Air said on Sunday it had suspended all operations until further notice in the wake of the crash. “The Ju-Air team is deeply saddened and our thoughts are with the passengers, the crew and families and friends of the victims,” the company said in a statement posted on its website. In a separate incident a family of four were killed when their light aircraft crashed near Lucerne, in central Switzerland, on Saturday. The family was from the local area. Two children were among the dead. 



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