Bluebonnet Belle

Fri
05
Apr

Burnet steps forward to help community

By Savanna Gregg

Burnet Bulletin

Fields of green wave at us as we drive down the highway, toward a goal we've worked so hard to achieve. The day is finally here, and we are on our way. The fields of green aren't pastures and farmland, though there is plenty of that to behold in the area.

No, we haven't even left town yet. The kelly green images through the windows of our bus are the residents of Burnet: our family, friends, and neighbors dressed in Bulldog attire, waving flags and banners, releasing balloons and cheering in celebration of our accomplishments.

Two of my most vivid memories of high school are the Esprit De Corps' trips to the UIL State Marching Contest, my sophomore and senior years. Both trips were so special, but our second go-round was one for the books.

Thu
21
Feb

'Shutter of stall' experienced before Bluebonnet Belle crash

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
Firefighters put out a fire that erupted after the Bluebonnet Belle crashed in July 2018. A preliminary NTSB report states the captain told investigators he felt the "shutter of a stall" shortly before the plane crashed.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The captain of the Bluebonnet Belle told investigators he felt “the shutter of a stall” before the airplane turned left and impacted the ground, according to a preliminary report filed by the National Transportation Safety Board about the July 21, 2018, crash of the historic plane.

The Douglas DC-3 twin-engine plane, which was operated by the Commemorative Air Force, was destroyed beyond salvage after it crashed shortly after takeoff at about 9:15 a.m. from the Burnet Municipal Airport en route to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, to attend an air show with 13 people on board. The flight was going to make an intermediate fuel stop at the Sedalia Regional Airport in Sedalia, Missouri.

Wed
09
Jan

Belle crash, fire, BCISD ratings top Burnet 2018 stories

Lew K. Cohn/Burnet Bulletin
One of the top Burnet stories of 2018 involved the crash of an historic plane at the Burnet Municipal Airport. Pictured here is a firefighter who sprayed foam onto the wreckage of the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain Saturday, July 21, after the aircraft crashed while attempting to take off for an air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Thirteen people aboard the plane all escaped before the plane exploded, but one was taken to a San Antonio hospital for burn injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn
Managing Editor

The loss of the beloved Bluebonnet Belle aircraft, a summer of wildfires and the BCISD's first academic accountability rating topped headlines in Burnet for 2018.

Crash of the Belle

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Thirteen people were aboard the Belle, tail number N47HL, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 13 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

Fri
31
Aug

Burnet repairing airport runway before Airsho

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21. Repairs to the taxiway will take place the week before the Bluebonnet Airsho, which is scheduled for September 8.

 

 

 

 

On Saturday, July 21, the Highland Lakes Squadron's Douglas C-47 known to everyone as the Bluebonnet Belle crashed at the Burnet Municipal Airport, causing damage to the taxiway and the closure of the area until repairs are made.

At the regular Burnet City Council meeting held Tuesday, Aug. 28, it was presented to the Council that the Commemorative Air Force insurance, which covers claims at the airport, would not be able to complete the insurance process and repair the taxiway in time for the Bluebonnet Airsho scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 8. Council was faced with the choice of repairing the taxiway and later being reimbursed by CAF, or leaving the area closed until the completion of the insurance process, which would be well past the date of the event.

Sat
21
Jul

Bluebonnet Belle crashes; all 14 aboard survive

Firefighters extinguish a blaze which consumed the Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain after the historic craft crashed at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field Saturday, July 21.

 

 

 

 

By Lew K. Cohn

Managing Editor

Burnet Bulletin

The famed Bluebonnet Belle C47 Skytrain, which assisted in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts and was an integral part of the Highland Lakes Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force, crashed Saturday morning, July 21, at Burnet Municipal Airport's Kate Craddock Field in Burnet while attempting to take off for an air show in Wisconsin.

Fourteen people were aboard the Belle, headed for the annual Oshkosh Air Show when the plane left the runway shortly after 9 a.m. Saturday and crashed before catching fire and eventually exploding. Miraculously, all 14 people aboard the craft survived the crash and made it out of the plane before the explosion.

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