Saturday, July 5, 2014

Memphis Belle At Air Force Museum-- Part 1

From the Feb. 2012 Springfield (OH) News-Sun "WWII bomber to be displayed at Air Force Museum" by Barrie Barber.

The Memphis Belle, a B-17F flew over France and Germany and is being restored.  It is famous as being the first bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe before returning stateside.

The restoration crew at the National museum of the United States Air Force are working on it and have a tentative 2014 unveiling for it in the World War II gallery.  (I visited the museum in November 2013 and didn't see it so that would explain why.  Just something else to see in that vast museum.)

They are carefully cataloging every crew signature etched on the inside.

The Restoration Division has 20 full-time staff and 64 volunteers.

Restoration is not easy as the plane has been out of production for 70 years.  Some of the parts had to be fabricated and others borrowed from other bombers.


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