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With the debut of the newly restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” scheduled to take place in May, the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio has planned a series of free presentations about the historic bomber that will take place later this month.

These programs will be presented by Dr. Harry Friedman of the Memphis Belle Memorial Association (MBMA), and National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Curator Jeff Duford, on April 18 at 1:30 p.m. and will repeat on April 19 at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. in the museum’s Carney Auditorium. During the event Friedman, who is also coauthor of the book Memphis Belle – Dispelling the Myths, will speak about the Memphis Belle’s missions overseas, its return to the United States and the time the aircraft spent in Memphis, Tenn. Duford will discuss the restoration of the aircraft as well as the planning and construction of the new exhibit.

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. It flew across the country to promote war bonds and boost morale and even became the focus of a documentary and feature film. As previously reported, the highly anticipated unveiling of the restored bomber will take place at the USAF Museum on May 17-18 and will reportedly be attended by two B-17s and over 130 WW2 reenactors.

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Last week a private event was held to transport the newly restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” from the USAF Museum’s restoration hangar to its World War II. In the process, the legendary bomber was positioned nose-to-nose with B-17G “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby,” which will be moving on to a new home.

As previously reported, 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. The bomber will be officially unveiled at the museum on May 17th during an event that will reportedly include visiting B-17s and over 100 WW2 reenactors.

Shoo, Shoo, Shoo Baby will be moved to the museum’s restoration area and placed in storage until it is transferred to the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum at a date to be determined by the Smithsonian.

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The highly anticipated unveiling of the restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” at the USAF Museum on May 17th will reportedly be attended by two B-17s and over 130 WW2 reenactors.

B-17Gs “Yankee Lady” from the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan and “Aluminum Overcast” from the EAA in Oshkosh, Wisconsin are scheduled to be on hand for the event. They will reportedly arrive around 9 am on May 16th and will be on static display on the 17th and 18th from 9 am to 4 pm, departing around 4:30 pm on the 18th.

More than 130 WW2 reenactors are also scheduled to take part in the event, representing period airmen, ground crew, infantrymen, nurses and more. Additional attractions will reportedly include historic vehicles, memorabilia and artifact displays, music from the era, guest speakers, book signings and films. [click to continue…]

The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio is currently in the final stages of restoring the iconic B-17F “Memphis Belle,” which became the U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S.

The machine is scheduled to debut in the museum’s WW2 gallery on May 17th, and in preparation for the event, restoration crews have been working to make room. Recent work included the delicate task of removing the collection’s Fieseler Fi-156C-1 Storch and Culver PQ-14B from the gallery’s ceiling, a process that was captured in the newly released video seen below.

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. When complete, the Memphis Belle exhibit will reportedly include interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

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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.

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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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Westland Spitfire MK V EE602 (G-IBSY) and Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchon (ME109 C4K) G-AWHH have hit the market.

The Spitfire was constructed by Westland in 1942 and served with 66, 129 and 453 Squadrons. It completed over 100 missions in WW2 and even escorted the famous B-17F “Memphis Belle.” The machine was painstakingly restored and finished in 129 Squadron markings. The airframe, propeller and Merlin engine have reportedly amassed only 30 hours since restoration and the aircraft is said to be supplied with a full CAA Permit to fly on its British civil registration.

The Merlin-powered Buchon, a licence-built Me 109G, was constructed in Tablada Seville in 1958 and served with the Spanish Air Force until 1965. In 1968, it participated in the filming of The Battle of Britain before being stored in Texas. It was shipped to Air Leasing in 2017 for restoration and will reportedly be completed by June. It will wear the colors of “White 9” flown by Uffz Edmund Roβmann of Luftwaffe III./JG 52 and, like the Spitfire, will reportedly come with a full CAA Permit to fly on its British civil registration.

Prices for each machine are said to be available on application. The full listing for the Spitfire is available here. The Buchon listing can be found here.

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.

Product Page ($399.95 via FineScale Modeler)