posted on May, 14 2004 @ 06:47 AM
Good find - those old warbirds are such classics, this is a shame.... but I think the information on the site is a little misleading.
The aircraft was on a taxiway, not runway, and the engines were probably not running when the nose gear collapsed. (note the blue lights on the edges
of the concrete where the airplane is, as well as the proximity to hangars, indicating a taxiway instead of a runway.
The top blade of each of the four propeller units are still straight, indicating the propellers were NOT rotating, so the engines were all turned
off, or feathered, at the time of the impact.
Therefore it is highly unlikely that ALL the engines would have been feathered during taxi, so my conclusion is that the aircraft was not under power
at the time of the accident.
If people who are more familiar with B-17's know better than I, then I will stand corrected.)