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Years in the making. The restoration of the Memphis Belle B-17F Flying Fortress.
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Sep 6, 2018 14:42:13   #
Jay Pat Loc: Round Rock, Texas, USA
 
Well captured series, James!!
Pat

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Sep 6, 2018 14:58:18   #
bejamin Loc: South Texas
 
What a wonder set of pictures. Thanks for sharing them....

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Sep 6, 2018 18:22:25   #
DOOK Loc: Maclean, Australia
 
You did a magnificent job on these, James--stunning photos.

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Sep 6, 2018 18:42:54   #
Hal81 Loc: Bucks County, Pa.
 
Great coverage.

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Sep 6, 2018 18:49:14   #
gregoryd45 Loc: Fakahatchee Strand
 
James56 wrote:
In 1946, The Memphis Belle was sitting in a field in Oklahoma destined to be chopped up for scrap. A newspaper reporter learned of it's fate and informed Mayor Walter Chandler of Memphis Tennessee. He bought the plane and had it shipped to Memphis. But after
60 years sitting outdoors, local groups conceited they didn't have the funds or ability to restore the Belle.
In 2005, the U.S. Air Force had the plane shipped in pieces to its repair shop in Dayton. During the War, the Memphis Belle had 5 engine changes, had portions of it's tail splintered to pieces. Its body was riddled with hundreds of holes from flak damage.
Now after 13 years in the shop, the Memphis Belle has finally been completely restored
and is now on display at the USAF National Museum in Dayton Ohio. One of many B-17's that helped to free Europe from the grips of the Nazi war machine. Hoping you will enjoy these photos I took during my visit to see this historic aircraft. Oh, and Thanks for looking...! PS: Got to meet fellow Hedgehogger "PhilGPS" while here in Dayton. A wonderful knowledgeable gentleman, great fellow photographer and a pleasure to have met. Thanks Phil...

DSC00058-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00063-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00066-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00082-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00090-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00096-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00106-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00112-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00116-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00125-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00201-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00199-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00210-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00216-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr
In 1946, The Memphis Belle was sitting in a field ... (show quote)


Great shots, James56, thanks for sharing

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Sep 6, 2018 18:56:17   #
kpmac Loc: Ragley, La
 
Outstanding.

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Sep 6, 2018 19:06:38   #
alby Loc: very eastern pa.
 
great coverage.... shown well... one bird of many. was there last year... FANTASTIC PLACE..... took 6 hours there and could have stayed longer... just tired out. walking shoes are a must.

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Sep 6, 2018 21:14:51   #
James56 Loc: Nashville, Tennessee
 
Jay Pat wrote:
Well captured series, James!!
Pat

Thanks Pat...great to hear from you.

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Sep 6, 2018 21:44:19   #
TriX Loc: Raleigh, NC
 
Great restoration and excellent shots. I’ve been to a lot of air museums, but the hangers at Wright-Patterson AFB are the best I’ve ever seen. If you’re anywhere near Dayton, you owe it to yourself to spend a day there.

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Sep 7, 2018 05:55:58   #
waymond Loc: Pflugerville, Texas
 
Well done. A fitting tribute to a flying defender of good.

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Sep 7, 2018 06:05:42   #
J-SPEIGHT Loc: Akron, Ohio
 
James56 wrote:
In 1946, The Memphis Belle was sitting in a field in Oklahoma destined to be chopped up for scrap. A newspaper reporter learned of it's fate and informed Mayor Walter Chandler of Memphis Tennessee. He bought the plane and had it shipped to Memphis. But after
60 years sitting outdoors, local groups conceited they didn't have the funds or ability to restore the Belle.
In 2005, the U.S. Air Force had the plane shipped in pieces to its repair shop in Dayton. During the War, the Memphis Belle had 5 engine changes, had portions of it's tail splintered to pieces. Its body was riddled with hundreds of holes from flak damage.
Now after 13 years in the shop, the Memphis Belle has finally been completely restored
and is now on display at the USAF National Museum in Dayton Ohio. One of many B-17's that helped to free Europe from the grips of the Nazi war machine. Hoping you will enjoy these photos I took during my visit to see this historic aircraft. Oh, and Thanks for looking...! PS: Got to meet fellow Hedgehogger "PhilGPS" while here in Dayton. A wonderful knowledgeable gentleman, great fellow photographer and a pleasure to have met. Thanks Phil...

DSC00058-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00063-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00066-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00082-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00090-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00096-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00106-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00112-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00116-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00125-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00201-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00199-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00210-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr

DSC00216-01 by James Frazier, on Flickr
In 1946, The Memphis Belle was sitting in a field ... (show quote)


All I can say is thanks for sharing these beautiful and historic pictures James.

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Sep 7, 2018 06:08:00   #
queencitysanta Loc: Charlotte, North Carolina
 
Great Job James! I always look forward to your work.

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Sep 7, 2018 06:11:42   #
rlaugh Loc: Michigan & Florida
 
What a great set!!

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Sep 7, 2018 06:14:52   #
nimbushopper Loc: Tampa, FL
 
Superb photos!

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Sep 7, 2018 06:27:39   #
kubota king Loc: NW , Pa.
 
All those machine guns and they still got shot down a lot . Wow .. Great pictures . Part of me wish I could see what she looked like before the restoration and right after she was finished with her 25th mission . It would give me a better idea of how lucky they were to survive the last mission . I have watched the movie a couple of times over the many years . Once again , great photos ...Tommy

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