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Years in the making. The restoration of the Memphis Belle B-17F Flying Fortress.
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Sep 7, 2018 06:41:36   #
ad9mac
 
Beautiful pics.
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?
Amazing .

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Sep 7, 2018 06:52:51   #
jerryc41 Loc: Catskill Mts of NY
 
Beautiful! I wonder if it looks better than new.

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Sep 7, 2018 06:57:35   #
angler Loc: St Helens Lancashire England
 
Excellent set James.

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Sep 7, 2018 07:21:10   #
Rathyatra Loc: Southport, United Kingdom
 
Fabulous set James - very interesting also.

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Sep 7, 2018 07:33:54   #
foathog Loc: Greensboro, NC
 
They did a beautiful job.

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Sep 7, 2018 07:34:21   #
MT native Loc: Big Sky Country — Montana
 
Outstanding series for sure !! Very impressive captures of an iconic military plane. Thanks for sharing your travels with us.

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Sep 7, 2018 07:40:19   #
fourg1b2006 Loc: Long Island New York
 
That's a great story and very good looking plane.

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Sep 7, 2018 07:47:47   #
CHG_CANON Loc: the Windy City
 
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?

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Sep 7, 2018 07:55:11   #
CanonTom Loc: Birmingham
 
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.

Tom

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Sep 7, 2018 07:58:01   #
AzPicLady Loc: Behind the camera!
 
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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Sep 7, 2018 07:59:50   #
Mister H Loc: Michigan
 
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

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In 1946, The Memphis Belle was sitting in a field ... (show quote)


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.

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Sep 7, 2018 08:02:45   #
nitrophil Loc: Dayton, Ohio
 
Simply awesome shots of the Belle! Thanks for posting them. I intend to get out there myself and try to get the same ones!

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Sep 7, 2018 08:17:50   #
rdemarco52 Loc: Wantagh, NY
 
Magnificent photos of a magnificent restoration.

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Sep 7, 2018 08:17:58   #
Gitchigumi Loc: NC
 
Great images and story of your visit. A plane and crew that made history and inspired a movie about them. Great stuff!

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Sep 7, 2018 08:27:49   #
JoAnneK01 Loc: Lahaina, Hawaii
 
A great set of photos along with a wonderful restoration story. Mahalo for sharing.

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