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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 5:18 pm 
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The C-47 was destroyed by fire today. It was being dismantled and an acetylene torch ignited it. No mention of damage to any other planes.
http://www.news-gazette.com/news/local/ ... useum.html


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 23, 2018 6:53 pm 
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So the smelting process began a bit early? :roll:
It was a VC-47 so there was a lot of interior paneling and insulation to feed the fire.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 24, 2018 2:14 am 
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Pity. I would have like to see some parts reused, perhaps by an outfit linebAcker, instead of everything going to scrap.

Also, I hate to see any aircraft that old be scrapped. Just think, it was almost 75.

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 4:34 pm 
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The big problem I have with this situation is that the govt won't sell these aircraft to the public... I hope many of the parts are recovered, but as long as the govt plays stupid political games like that we will continue to see this happen every time a museum down sizes of closes...and other museums are uninterested or unable to claim them....
I suppose the only way to change this is to get after your local reps and senators....perhaps if offered enough money they'll change the rules?


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PostPosted: Thu Apr 26, 2018 11:06 pm 
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I suspect we'll see more base (or former base) museum closing or downsizing.
Many base commanders see them as more of a hassle than benefit.
Many planes, especially large transports, will be scrapped.

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PostPosted: Sat Apr 28, 2018 10:30 am 
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JohnB wrote:
I suspect we'll see more base (or former base) museum closing or downsizing.
Many base commanders see them as more of a hassle than benefit.
Many planes, especially large transports, will be scrapped.

Yes, it seems that way

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PostPosted: Thu May 10, 2018 8:18 pm 
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From Tuesday's Rantoul Press:
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http://www.rantoulpress.com/news/2018-0 ... lanes.html
So now you know where the bits are going.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 3:34 pm 
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Per WIX online facebook, Mr. Heat Miser strikes again, torching the RB-66. Fire Department enroute.

WCIA-3 News.

http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/lo ... 1180301550

If they have to go, I kinda like seeing them go out fighting!


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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 4:40 pm 
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The cause is explained within the headline of another article linked to the above:

Scraping planes becomes heated effort

Obviously, the scraping is causing friction, the friction causing heat, the heat resulting in combustion.

Perhaps he should just stick to SCRAPPING them!

Sheesh... :roll:

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Was unsure that fuel was still in plane he was cutting up...Things that make you go "Hmmmmmmmm"...

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I'm tempted to give him a call and ask for something...pilots seat, control wheel.

Too bad the C-47 burned, I would have really liked those bits.

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as of now, 6 B-66s left in the world.

Not the most well known aircraft, but a darn shame for such a rare bird.

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Again with this? (sigh) Hope nobody got hurt. Any local Chicagoans up for a road trip to watch the scrapping?
Another photo here:
http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/lo ... 1141062010

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Holy cr@p:

http://www.illinoishomepage.net/news/lo ... 1186250957

http://www.rantoulpress.com/news/2018-0 ... tions.html

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PostPosted: Fri May 18, 2018 8:12 pm 
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Cease and desist on plane dismantling!
and according to his contact, he must make the parts un-sell-able.


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