EDITOR’S NOTE: We discovered Juan Browne’s youtube channel following the crash of the Collings Foundation’s B-17G “Nine-0-Nine” on Oct. 2. Browne flew tankers for the U.S. Air Force before flying commercially for American Airlines. We think you’ll appreciate his adherence to a high journalistic standard in his analyses, which are full of detail, explanations of unfamiliar aviation terminology, descriptions of aviation processes and mechanics, and a keen understanding of the National Transportation Safety Board’s investigative process.

Below are a few of the videos he produced following the crash at Bradley International Airport in Windsor Locks. We’ve shut off commenting here because we are hoping you’ll head over to his youtube page to do that, and if you appreciate his work you might also consider supporting him on Patreon or via PayPal.

B-17G “Nine-O-Nine” KBDL NTSB Preliminary Report – 15 Oct 2019

NTSB Preliminary Report

CLARIFICATION: Numbers 1, 2 and 3 were 268 SMOH at the time of the crash. They were 0 SMOH at the last annual, signed off in January 2019. Number 4 had 838 at the time of last annual.

Periscope WWII B-17 training film-Engine Build up

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B-17 “Nine-O-Nine” Update – 4 Oct 2019

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NTSB Media Brief 2


Collings Foundation

Analysis: B-17G Crash Collings Foundation KBDL 2 Oct 2019

What we know so far, plus history of this airframe, Collings Foundation information, and an explanation of the FAA regulations that govern these flights.

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ATC Audio

LHFE FAA Regulation

Airframe History

Initial NTSB Update

• Still Photo Credit: Desert Rat-Austin Hancock