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Thu, Oct 20, 2005

Memphis Belle Arrives At Air Force Museum

A New Home For An Old War Horse

The "Memphis Belle," the Eighth Air Force's first B-17F heavy bomber to complete 25 successful bombing missions over Europe during World War II, is now at the National Museum of the US Air Force, Wright-Patterson AFB, OH.

The move came under the terms of an agreement between the Air Force and the Memphis Belle Memorial Association.

As Aero-News reported last month, the famed bomber had been housed in Memphis, TN, cared for by the Memphis Belle Memorial Association. But the association couldn't meet the Air Force's requirements in caring for the plane, so reluctantly, its leaders gave the B-17 back to the military.

The aircraft, which is currently in the museum's restoration hangar in Area B here, is being prepared to undergo several years of restoration work.

Once restoration on the aircraft begins, the public can view it as part of the museum's "Behind the Scenes" tours.

FMI: www.wpafb.af.mil/museum

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