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B-17F Memphis Belle
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Posted: Friday, May 17, 2019 - 02:19 PM UTC

Memphis Belle is perhaps the most famous and recognizable B-17. In 2018, on the 75th anniversary of her famous 25th mission, the National Museum of the US Air Force unveiled her after a lengthy restoration.

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 07:15 AM UTC
Thanks Fred, these are excellent!

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Posted: Sunday, May 19, 2019 - 07:47 AM UTC
Thanks Fred, I followed the WPAFM renovation project with great interest as I was scratchbuilding a 1/16 scale waist gunner position based on Verlinden's waist gunner. But after seeing the renovation photos, I ended up only using the figure when I realized everything else had to be scratch built. It was truly interesting to see almost everything taken apart, stripped down to the bare metal, and then reassembled and re-painted, and the USAFM should be proud of their efforts. They also had a great roll out ceremony. I understand why they hung it from the ceiling, but it's sad too, that you can't walk up and touch it (one reason they hung it from the ceiling I think). The "Boeing Bee", another (formerly flying) B-17F is parked at Seattle's Museum of Flight-- and you can get right up to it, but, it's not the same as this history making aircraft. It's great to see it on display again, thanks for posting.
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Posted: Thursday, June 06, 2019 - 02:31 PM UTC
Wow, Frederick, what a fantastic resource! Thank you!

I agree about the B-17F parked at Seattle's Museum of Flight-- better for modelling reference since you can see it better on the ground.