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The USAF Museum in Dayton is in the final stages of restoring the iconic B-17F “Memphis Belle” and has recently released two 360 degree images capturing the progress.

As previously reported, the machine is scheduled to make its public debut in the museum’s WW2 gallery on May 17, 2018, where it will reportedly be surrounded by interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

The Memphis Belle (S/N 41-24485) became the first the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S., where it flew across the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. Further attention was directed toward the aircraft when it became the focus of a 1944 William Wyler documentary and later a 1990 feature film.

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The National Museum of The U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio has released a new video chronicling recent progress on the restoration of the iconic B-17F “Memphis Belle”.

As previously reported, the machine is now in its final stages of restoration and is scheduled to make its public debut in the museum’s WW2 gallery on May 17, 2018, where it will reportedly be surrounded by interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

The Memphis Belle (S/N 41-24485) became the first the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S., where it flew across the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. Further attention was directed toward the aircraft when it became the focus of a 1944 William Wyler documentary and later a 1990 feature film.

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The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio has officially announced that the restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” will make its public debut on May 17, 2018, exactly 75 years after the aircraft completed its 25th mission over Europe during WW2.

The Memphis Belle became the first the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S., where it flew across the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. Further attention was directed toward the aircraft when it became the focus of a 1944 William Wyler documentary and later a 1990 feature film.

The bomber is now in its final stages of restoration and, according to U.S. Air Force Curator Jeff Duford, efforts are now underway to showcase the aircraft in the WWII Gallery, where it will be surrounded by interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

To make way for the new exhibit, the B-17 currently on display at the USAF Museum, “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby”, will be moved out of the facility and eventually transferred to the Smithsonian National Air & Space Museum’s Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center.

(via USAF Museum and Journal-News)

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The legendary B-17F “Memphis Belle” currently under restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio was reunited with its original instrument panel during a ceremony on Friday.

The panel was donated by officials from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in Pooler, Georgia, who were happy to assist with the project. The organization’s President / CEO Henry Skipper stated, “It’s not every day you get to help piece together such a large part of World War II history. The Memphis Belle and her crew were the first bomber and crew to complete their missions and return to the U.S., and we’re very honored to be a part of making this famous airplane whole again.”

The USAF Museum’s restoration team is looking forward to installing the panel in the bomber’s cockpit. According to Roger Deere, chief of the museum’s Restoration Division, crews have been “working long and hard to see that the Memphis Belle is restored as a national icon. We’ve been working on the Belle for nearly 10 years, and every step brings us closer to getting it on display where all of our visitors can see the aircraft.”

The “Memphis Belle” arrived at the USAF Museum in October 2005 and is currently the focus of a painstaking restoration effort that will return the aircraft to “pristine” condition. The bomber is expected to go on display in the museum’s WW2 gallery on May 17, 2018, commemorating the 75th anniversary of its 25th and final combat mission.

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Following a lengthy wait, B-17 fans can finally get their hands on Hong Kong Models’ new 1/32 scale B-17E/F Flying Fortress.

The highly anticipated kit reportedly consists of 44 sprues, resin casting ammo track, photoetched parts and instructions. According to FineScale Modeler, the finished aircraft boasts a wingspan of 39″ and offers recessed panel lines, rivet detail, optional dorsal turrets and three different nose options to represent the B-17E or two variants of the B-17F with different windows and armament.

Three decal sheets are also included, with markings for B-17E Chief Seattle, B-17F Knock-Out Dropper and the famous B-17F Memphis Belle.

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Hong Kong Models Co Ltd has released new renderings of their upcoming 1/32 scale B-17F “Memphis Belle” model kit.

The new images follow a series of initial B-17E and F renderings released in January that detail the nose and interior of the types. Although a final release date for the Memphis Belle kit has not yet been announced, the company expects it to become available very soon.

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B-17G 44-8846, “The Pink Lady”, recently performed a taxi test around La Ferté Alais airfield near Paris on two engines, igniting enthusiastic discussions about whether or not it may return to the air after being grounded for a lengthy period of time.

The aircraft was manufactured in December 1944 and delivered to the USAAF in January 1945, serving with the 351st Bomb Group, 511th Bomb Squadron beginning in March of that year. During this time the machine performed six combat missions over Europe, the last of which took place on April 20, 1945.

After the war, the machine continued to operate, performing aerial surveys and appearing in films including La Grande Vadrouille and Memphis Belle, during which it wore the colors of “Mother & Country”. The bomber performed its most recent flight in 2011 and has been displayed at Musée Volant Salis ever since.

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Aeroplane Heaven’s previously announced B-17F is now available for Flight Simulator X / Prepar3D V2.

The release features F-10 and F-20 series models and a number of liveries, including “Miami Clipper”, “Blonde Bomber” and the “Memphis Belle” and “Hell’s Angels” machines – which were the first to complete 25 missions. A bare metal fictional B-17F-20 livery is also included, as is a paint kit for custom markings.

Aeroplane Heaven’s B-17 is also touted as offering a wide variety of features, including animated turrets, bomb dropping capability, a complete, fully animated crew and an immersive, functional, and highly detailed virtual cockpit.

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Flight simulator developer Aeroplane Heaven has announced the upcoming release of a B-17F for Microsoft’s Flight Simulator X and Prepar3D. The release will feature F-10 and F-20 series models and a number of liveries, including “Miami Clipper”, “Blonde Bomber” and the “Memphis Belle” and “Hell’s Angels” machines – which were the first to complete 25 missions. A bare metal fictional livery will also be included, as will a paint kit for custom markings.

Aeroplane Heaven’s B-17 is also touted as offering a wide variety of features, including animated turrets, bomb dropping capability, a complete, fully animated crew and an immersive, functional, and highly detailed virtual cockpit.

A release date and price have not yet been announced. Click the link below to check out additional screenshots.

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