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West Sea White NEWSPAPER SINCE 1923 I \\;b v "IF' 54*2 .... *******ALL FOR ADC 980 SMALL TOWN PAPERS 217 W COTA ST SHELI'ON, WA 98584-2263 dd Friday, June 24 2011 Vol. 93 No. 25 50 B-17 could have been saved, says one pilot John Hess Liberty Foundation B-17 pilot John Hess took this photo of the Liberty Belle June 13 near Chicago just after his gentle emergency landing on this field. The electrical fire was relatively small, as the photo illustrates. Soon after, however, the fuel caught on fire, destroying the aircraft. No one was injured. He feels that sensational photos of the plane engulfed inflames released by the press mis- represents the landing as the plane did not crash. By Steve Shay Seven crew members and vol- unteers were uninjured when the B-17 "Liberty Belle", a WWII-era bomber caught fire and landed in a field about 40 miles southwest of Chicago Monday, June 13. The fire occurred shortly after taking off at 9:30 a.m. The Liberty Foun- dation, that owned and operated the aircraft had been giving rides at a small airport in Sugar Grove over the June 11-12 weekend and were on their way to Indianapolis. Many "Flying Fortresses" were built southeast of West Seattle in Boeing Plant 2. This plane, built in 1945 at Lockheed in Burbank, California never saw combat, but was named after a B-17 that did. One of two pilots who flew the Liberty Belle when the fire started, Capt. John Hess, spoke to the West Seattle Herald by phone from his home in Fayetteville, Georgia, near Atlanta Saturday, June 18. Hess flew the Liberty Belle since 2005 and is an active Delta Air Lines Captain with over 14,000 hours of flying experience. In the right seat was Bud Sittig, also with 14,000 hours of flying time, in vintage and hi-performance aircraft. He is a retired Captain with Delta Air Lines. "I'd like to get it out that the peo- ple of the Liberty Foundation are some of the best people I've ever dealt with my whole life from Don Brooks the founder, on down," said Hess. "His father was a tail-gun- ner on the original Liberty Belle airplane. Most involved with the Foundation are volunteers, many from the airline industry with avia- tion backgrounds. Veterans come out and tell their stories while we show them the planes. Some were in their 20's or even teens when they were in the war. "The flight itself- our flight was totally uneventful until five min- utes into the flight," he recalled. "You just smelled a little some- a This is not the end of the Liberty Foundation. We have another B-17 in its early stage of restoration, the one that came out of Lake Dyke in Labrador, Canada.  Ron Gause, Liberty Foundation volunteer and B-17 pilot thing. My co-pilot Bud Sittig said it smelled a little 'acrid' was the word he used. I wasn't sure, but I immediately looked at the gen- erator panel and started looking around for any signs of trouble. I can't remember if the T-6 told me first or if we saw a little smoke in the back of the airplane." - See B-17 CRASK page 3 Armed a.ssault suspect arrested ,n West Seattle An armed assault in South Seattle on June 12 resulted in a 27-year-old suspect's arrest on the 5900 block of Delridge Way S.W. in West Seattle, according to Seattle Police Sgt. Sean Whitcomb. Around 5:27 a.m. police responded to a "man with a gun" call on Seward Park Avenue S. The 22-year-01d female victim told police she had met up with the male suspect and he became angry. She left in a car with a friend and he followed them in his vehicle, forcing them to pull over. The suspect got out, pulled out a gun and pulled the trigger but the victim said the gun did not fire. They sped around the suspect and fled. She reported hearing a gunshot as they drove away, according to police. Later that day the victim called in with the sus- pect's location in West Seattle, and Southwest Precinct officers were able to apprehend him as he left his Delridge Way S.W. apartment. A loaded pistol was found in his pocket and the suspect was booked into King County 3all for investigation of assault and violation of the Uniform Firearms Act (felon in possession of a firearm), police said. The suspect's weapon and vehicle were taken by police as evidence. PHOTOS BY Patrick Robinson Bright Horizons Executive Director Laurie Paul at left watches State Senator Sharon K. Nelson cut the 'ribbon" made by the chiMren for the Grand Opening of the new child care facility. Bright. Horizons off to a girls and 'boysterous' start Bright Horizons family solu- tions, the new childcare center at 4530 38th Ave. S.W. held their Grand Opening June-18 with dozens of families with children and quite a few expectant moth- ers dropping by to tour the new  K. Nel= son (D) 34th District was there to do the ribbon cutting of a very special "ribbon", one made by the kids who attend Bright Hori- zons, of painted loops of paper. Nelson said, "This is a great new asset for West Seattle and it really fills a niche" Executive Director of Bright Horizons West Seattle Laurie Paul said, "It's so important to me that I got the opportunity to be here at Bright Horizons West Seattle. It's my passion to work with young children, It's my passion to work in my commu- nity. I'rn finaUy able to do that after 17 years being here and 15 years in the field here. I really love West Seattle. I wanted to come here. I wanted to bring high quality childcare here for families and I believe that we all have. Bright Horizons did it. Patrick Robinson Mila, at the Grand Opening of Bright Horizons fam- ily solutions, on June 18, requested a 'Butterfly on a flower" tobe painted by Dutch of Colorific Kids. They hired local teachers. They are amazing. 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