In old historical plane news, The Swamp Ghost, a B-17E sitting in a marsh in Papua New Guinea since 1942, is in the middle of a legal dispute between the PNG government and the American businessman who claims the salvage rights. In the 1960’s, the U.S. Government relinquished all rights to any crashed or abandoned military equipment, excluding underwater wrecks, placing this airframe into a curious limbo. Other wrecks have been “salvaged” from PNG and restored to flying status, but for some reason the removal of this particular B-17 got people upset.
I’ve seen pictures of this plane before in its original location, but wasn’t aware it’s been moved—it’s sitting on a dock, disassembled, awaiting the resolution of the legal dispute. From what I can tell, PNG isn’t letting it leave, and most likely it will stay there (unless they ship it to the states for a restoration, which I doubt they have money for).
In any case, stay tuned for more airplane pictures this weekend…details to come.