Years in the making. The restoration of the Memphis Belle B-17F Flying Fortress.
My son and I visited Wright-Patterson a few yrs ago. We saw the plane being restored.
The attention to detail was just incredible.
Even the wiring, they had to use cloth insulated wire. It's actually still made? Cloth wrapped wire?
Beautiful! I wonder if it looks better than new.
Fabulous set James - very interesting also.
They did a beautiful job.
Outstanding series for sure !! Very impressive captures of an iconic military plane. Thanks for sharing your travels with us.
That's a great story and very good looking plane.
James, wonderful images and presentation! There's a wiki page for the plane that explains several of the markings. But, I couldn't find an explanation of the several stars and colors above the mission count. Do you recall?
James, these are wonderful! Some I saw on your Facebook post but some were new I believe too. Regardless, terrific photos. Thank you much for posting. I now want to visit Dayton!
I have been to the air museum at Pensacola Navel Air Station as it is much closer to home and our favorite weekend vacation area. No Belle there but also a great museum for those who love planes and flight! I believe anyone here would enjoy it as well.
Those are wonderful pictures. I saw the movie. She really took a beating. I'm surprised they could do this good a job restoring her.
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Thanks for sharing some great images of a great plane. Looking forward to my second visit with a DSLR instead of a point and shoot. What a great museum.
Simply awesome shots of the Belle! Thanks for posting them. I intend to get out there myself and try to get the same ones!
Magnificent photos of a magnificent restoration.
Great images and story of your visit. A plane and crew that made history and inspired a movie about them. Great stuff!
A great set of photos along with a wonderful restoration story. Mahalo for sharing.
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