B-17 Pink Lady

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Seen on a post on FC that appparently it has major spar problems and will be grounded at the end of the year as it is uneconomical to repair it. Is this sadly true or just another rumour? :sad:

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ChrisG wrote:Seen on a post on FC that appparently it has major spar problems and will be grounded at the end of the year as it is uneconomical to repair it. Is this sadly true or just another rumour? :sad:


Heard the same rumour. :sad:

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I believe the commentator at Flying Legends mentioned it. Very sad news :(
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i heard this just before legends that pink lady would not be visiting our shores again

sad loss

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I heard the commentator at Legends refer to the cost of flying her but only really in general terms. The main point I heard was the growing age of the team who keep her flying, their impending retirements, and the impact that might have on future years. I don't recall hearing anything about major airframe life / spar damage being the cause of any potential grounding, but I might well have missed something I guess..

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the comments at Legends were definately manpower related

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At legends they did say that it was going to get grounded at the end of the year due to the retirement of the people who service and keep her in the air.

However, on Saturday at Duxford the commentators said that they had recently heard that the spar is shot and beyond reasonable economical repair......Either way it doesn't seem likely that we willl see her on these shores again.

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The comments at legends were that she was to be grounded as the crew were getting too old and there wasn't enough time left to train new people how to maintain her. Seems rather odd to me as the one thing in life you can be sure off is getting older!
They are building a new hanger to display her in, that's what was said at legends anyway.

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Why cant a new team use a/c such as liberty belle and sally b to train up on?

Cant someone bring her over her?

Theres got to be a way around it
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XH668 wrote:Why cant a new team use a/c such as liberty belle and sally b to train up on?

Cant someone bring her over her?

Theres got to be a way around it



there is, it just costs too much money for most peoples pockets

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Sorry to bring up a majorly old thread but have just seen on the Flypast forum that Pink Lady has apparently landed at La Ferte Alais, Saying it could be worrying as the Runway there is long enough to get in to but not to get back out of :sad:
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Yep, its intended to be a static display at the airfield.

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Cheers for the clarification Mart.

I knew there was rumblings that that was to happen, Sad loss to the airshow scene in my eyes.
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Sad news. Alway a great sight at Legneds with SallyB and Pink Lady in the air together.

Question is how much is "beyond Economic" ? Especially when you see 100Ks spent on some full up restorations. Pink lady just needs a new spar. But if the money is not there then its not there. Just a shame she will remain grounded. :sad: :sad:
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I thought it was more to do with long term maintenance and pilots of her more than a mechanical problem.
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Was at Paris last year and heard it was about for the show but never saw it, where was it parked? Or did it only fly over - like the French AWACS?

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Is there any official news posted up anywhere, from the operators themselves?

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