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PostPosted: Thu Jan 23, 2020 10:09 am 
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It was announced on Facebook that LSFM's B-17 Thunderbird will fly for the final time in 2020 this Saturday the 25th. They haven't specified if it's just for the remainder of the year our if it's a permanent thing. They cited rising costs as the main reason. They encouraged anyone interested to be there, and are selling rides for the event.


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It was announced on Facebook that LSFM's B-17 Thunderbird will fly for the final time in 2020 this Saturday the 25th. They haven't specified if it's just for the remainder of the year our if it's a permanent thing. They cited rising costs as the main reason. They encouraged anyone interested to be there, and are selling rides for the event.

Woah. Hmmm. I'd bet insurance after last year's crash.

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RyanShort1 wrote:
bomberfan wrote:
It was announced on Facebook that LSFM's B-17 Thunderbird will fly for the final time in 2020 this Saturday the 25th. They haven't specified if it's just for the remainder of the year our if it's a permanent thing. They cited rising costs as the main reason. They encouraged anyone interested to be there, and are selling rides for the event.

Woah. Hmmm. I'd bet insurance after last year's crash.



Possibly. I'd suspect that kind of thing would hit everyone.

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It was announced on Facebook that LSFM's B-17 Thunderbird will fly for the final time in 2020 this Saturday the 25th. They haven't specified if it's just for the remainder of the year our if it's a permanent thing. They cited rising costs as the main reason. They encouraged anyone interested to be there, and are selling rides for the event.

Bummer :( :(

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It was bound to happen sooner or later. At some point it will no longer be economically viable to keep em flying.


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It appears that some of the less active / aggressive groups that fly a B-17 are going this way as a trend.

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The aircraft are flyable but the groups that own them currently are being more selective in operating them. Maybe taking off a year or two (or more) from operating them, eliminating all the costs (and insurance) that would go along with it. With a great group like the LSFM, and their amazing new headquarters, I'm sure its only a matter of time until they get her flying again.

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LSFM has been through a lot with the damage from Hurricane Ike and the subsequent relocation of the collection to Houston. Hopefully this grounding is temporary and can be resolved in a way that makes sense for the museum.

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ARRGH - First Neil Peart now this! Alas I agree, it will come to pass at some point for all of them I guess.

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Slightly off topic but, where is the former LSFM PV-2D Harpoon now?

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Warbird Kid wrote:
Slightly off topic but, where is the former LSFM PV-2D Harpoon now?


The Harpoon was sold before the move to Houston to a guy in Northeast Texas. This guy has a ranch with several airplane remains. Was gonna used the Harpoon as a “bunk house” for kids to sleep in. Don’t know if those plans have changed. I can’t remember the guys name. He removed some parts right away. As of a couple weeks ago I saw a picture of the fuselage on a trailer looking like it was almost ready to go.


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