Check out this audio story produced by National Public Radio. It highlights three auto biographies written by aviators.
This story is making its rounds on the internet. It’s a story of survival and a well manufactured aircraft.
A mid-air collision on February 1, 1943, between a B-17 and a German fighter over the Tunis dock area, became the subject of one of the most famous photographs of World War II. An enemy fighter attacking a 97th Bomb Group formation went out of control, probably with a wounded pilot then continued its crashing descent into the rear of the fuselage of a Fortress.
When it struck, the fighter broke apart, but left some pieces in the B-17. The left horizontal stabilizer of the Fortress and left elevator were completely torn away. The two right engines were out and one on the left had a serious oil pump leak. The vertical fin and the rudder had been damaged, the fuselage had been cut almost completely through connected only at two small parts of the frame and the radios, electrical and oxygen systems were damaged. There was also a hole in the top that was over 16 feet long and 4 feet wide at its widest and the split in the fuselage went all the way to the top gunners turret.
Two and a half hours after being hit, the aircraft made its final turn to line up with the runway while it was still over 40 miles away. It descended into an emergency landing and a normal roll-out on its landing gear.
See the attached document for the full story and photos!
LIKE AIRPLANES? LIKE PANCAKES?
JOIN THE EAA FOR BREAKFAST AT HINCKLEY AIRPORT!
DeKalb, IL — There’s a place where anyone who enjoys the world of flight and the allure of airplanes is welcome. It’s your local chapter of the Experimental Aircraft Association, the world’s leading organization in providing people opportunities to participate in aviation.
EAA Chapter 241 meetings are held at 7:30PM on the second Monday, preceded by refreshments at 6:30PM at the DeKalbTaylorMunicipalAirport main terminal hangar. Everyone with an aviation interest, pilots and non-pilots alike, are invited to attend.
“EAA Chapters are the local aviation families throughout the nation,” said Rose Ellen May, EAA Chapter 241 secretary. “We welcome anyone who sees something special every time an airplane flies overhead and wants to meet others who share that enthusiasm for the unique experience of flight. We host a number of events throughout the year. Our season winds down with the Hinckley Fall Fly-in. This fly-in – or drive-in — celebrates aviation’s grass roots – a turf runway is perfect for classic planes. Last year we had more than 75 planes arrive throughout the morning…including Piper Cubs, a couple of warbird Texan T-6 planes, and amateur built aircraft like the Wheeler Express. The Fly-In is open to the public – pilots and non-pilots alike. We’ll serve a fantastic pancake breakfast on Sunday, September 16 at the Hinckley Airport (just west of town on Route 30). We have the best pancakes in town; add sausage and eggs, cooked to order, and you have a great breakfast for only $6. All proceeds benefit our Chapter programs: Young Eagle rallies(August 18 at DeKalb airport from 9-10:30AM) and our annual scholarship to a local high school senior.”
EAA has local Chapters around the world, with activities from monthly meetings and airport open houses, to fly-ins and pancake breakfasts that share aviation with the community, building a stronger bond between local aviators and the public. Other EAA Chapter efforts include Young Eagles rallies, which share the world of flight with young people; aircraft building projects; and work parties that help maintain a local flight facility. Most EAA Chapter members are pilots, but non-flying aviation enthusiasts are always welcome.
EAA Chapters are the backbone of the international EAA organization, which has more than 170,000 members. The local organizations include general EAA Chapters as well as specialized chapters for vintage aircraft, warbird, ultralight and aerobatic flight enthusiasts. For more information about this organizational session, visit our chapter website at http://www.eaa241.org.
Calendar of Events:
- Monday, August 13, 6:30PM – 8:30PM; EAA Chapter 241 Program on Apple iPad use in cockpit at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport (east terminal building)
- Saturday, August 18, 9AM – 11AM: Young Eagle Rally, introductory flights for children ages 8 – 17 at DeKalb Taylor Municipal Airport. www.eaa241.org
- Monday, September 10 6:30PM – 8:30PM EAA Chapter 241 Program on amateur built light sport aircraft by a local member.
- Sunday, September 16 from 8:30AM – 11:30AM.Hinckley Fall Fly-in/Drive-in Pancake Breakfast. Breakfast, $6 per person, includes the best pancakes, sausage, eggs, juice and coffee. http://www.eaa241.org
Ø Greetings from your President
Ø Last Month’s Meeting Program
Ø EAA Young Eagles August 18th
Ø Fly America
Ø August Meeting Program
Ø Treasurer’s Report
Ø Secretary’s Report – none available
Ø What is this Aircraft & When Built?
Ø Call to All Aircraft Builders
Ø EAA Chapter 241 Membership Application/Renewal Form