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Collings Foundation Grounds Aircraft for Good

Difficulties in Running a Warbird Fleet Not Worth it After Fatal B-17 Crash The Collings Foundation have announced an end to their flying WWII aircraft wing, deciding to ground all aircraft and intern them on display at the American Heritage Museum. The turning point appears to be the October 2020 crash of “Nine-O-Nine”, a B-17 that saw the deaths of 7 in the process. In the years since, a worsening economy and the continual passage of government-trained WWII mechanics have been taking their toll, making it harder to find qualified personnel to both maintain and fly the vintage aircraft.

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