November 5, 2012 Leave a Comment
A restored B-17 Flying Fortress used in the movie “Memphis Belle” will be in Tampa on Veterans Day as part of a tour saluting veterans. The tour is organized by The Liberty Foundation and will stop on Nov 10-11 at Leader Edge Aviation Services at Tampa Executive Airport, 6582 Eureka Springs Road.
According to the foundation’s website, the plane will be available for public flights and tours both days, with ground tours afterward. The plane “is a living museum, our heritage not in mothballs or the pages of a dusty book, but real life, three dimensions, here and now,” according to the website.
Memphis Belle was the nickname of a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress used on 25 bombing missions over Europe during World War II. The Memphis Belle used in the movie was a B-17G built in 1954. The plane was in storage when it was first sold in 1959 and has changed ownership several times since. It was restored to resemble a B-17F in 1982 before it was used in the film.
The owners leased the plane to The Liberty Foundation for the tour.The goal “is to educate the people of America about the courage (of) WWII veterans, and remember those brave aircrew who never made it home,” the website says.
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