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Un-manned B-17 lands itself.

Discussion in 'Air War in Western Europe 1939 - 1945' started by A-58, Sep 21, 2015.

  1. A-58

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    Now two new posts. Hmmmm. How'd that happen? Getting pretty weird. At least I got credit for both posts.
     
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    Interesting story. I doubt they got credit do to the fact, if I'm reading it correctly, they took flak immediately after take off. Not sure what constitutes the stat.
     
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    Very interesting article Bobby. Thanks for posting.

    Does anyone have more information about that? I find it hard to believe that the story unfolded exactly as stated in the article.
     
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    Curious...

    This first paragraph


    is from Martin Caidin's book "B-17: The Flying Forts"
    and the opening bit "B-17 lands perfectly at an RAF airbase, does the whole pattern as well, comes to a full stop," is patented Caiden Crap.

    While the rest of the story is directly from Edward Jablonski's book "Flying Fortress"...


    I am losing faith in warhistoryonline, as it looks like they are going down the road that the History Channel did. The inclusion of the Caidin Crap & first paragraph was completely unnecessary, and, for me, tanked this article.
     
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    so it didn't land on the runway, correct?? with so many sorties during the war, I'd say odds were good of it happening--if only once...not directly on the runway though...Belgium not too hilly either, correct? 2 engines out--wouldn't it have to be 1 per side?? if, not, would the autopilot be able to still guide the plane for a long time??
     
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    If the controls are set right...and a steady platform set for a bailout...this would be beleivable...I think a little 'added' to the story also...
     
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    It would be nice to find something about this incident in unit records to collaborate this story.
     
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    Mysterious things happen.
     
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    Mysterious things should be posted in a mysterious thread... (Mom, why don't people like me- rhetorical question)
     
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