Does anyone have a copy of the Texas Tornado crash investigation report? - the guys writing up the crash site excavation are after it. We know it is available at Archives - just trying to avoid paying for it if someone has already copied it. We might be able to get the US version.
I'm personally interested to know if they were able to determine if the pilot disengaged the gust locks, since the behaviour of the aircraft after take off would seem to be consistent with this being a potential cause. The risk of overlooking this would be increased with no pre-flight check, and take off in the dark. The geometry of the aircraft would allow it to leave the ground and gain some height with them on, which I understand happened with the prototype.
I obtained a copy of the 50 page US report on the accident to B-17E 41-2667 when preparing my For Your Tomorrow trilogy. If you care to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org I will forward you a copy.
Author: Swift to the Sky – New Zealand’s Military Aviation History Author/publisher: For Your Tomorrow - A record of New Zealanders who have died while serving with the RNZAF and Allied Air Services since 1915 & A Passion For Flight - New Zealand aviation before the Great War. Publisher of Gp Capt C M Hanson’s By Such Deeds - Honours and Awards in the Royal New Zealand Air Force, 1923-1999
Post by Dave Homewood on Sept 7, 2017 15:48:38 GMT 12
You might note that I have moved the photos from the Wereroa thread to the B-17 thread, after you both kindly and correctly pointed out it was the Texas Tornado, making your posts surplus to requirement.
Post by angelsonefive on Jan 13, 2018 12:56:00 GMT 12
44-83785 is shown in the pic. in transport mode, with gun turrets removed and waist gun positions covered over. This Fortress is still in existence in the USA. Restored to original B-17G configuration with chin turret etc, it was on static display at the Evergreen Aviation Museum in Oregon, and is now with the Collings Foundation.