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Two vintage World War II airplanes collided at a Dallas area airshow, killing 6 Saturday.  The two planes, a Boeing B17 Flying Fortress and a Bell P-63 Kingcobra, were both owned and operated by the American Airpower Heritage Flying Museum.

The B17 Flying Fortress is most famous for its role in the aerial bombing of France and Germany under General Jimmy Doolittle during World War II.  More than 50,000 flight crew lost their lives in B17s and B24 Liberators over Europe.

The Bell P-63 Kingcobra was never accepted by the Army Air Corps for combat in WWII, but it was flown by the Soviet Union.

The National Transportation and Safety Board member, Michael Graham, confirmed that amongst those killed were five crew members on the Boeing B-17 and a pilot in the Bell P-63 Kingcobra.  No ground injuries were reported.

Eyewitnesses reported that the B17 was flying in a formation with three fighter aircraft.  The Bell P-63 split off from the formation colliding with the B17, splitting it in two, at which point both airplanes erupted in flame, raining bits of burning aircraft to the ground.  According to Michael Graham of the National Transportation and Safety Board, five crew aboard the B17 and the pilot of the Bell P‑63 were killed in the crash.

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Bio: Dave Pulver is a staff writer at MBFC & NFN.  A retired communications engineer of 35 years, his interests include technology, history, civics, and politics.

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