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Memphis Belle restoration

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Memphis Belle restoration
Posted by keavdog on Thursday, March 15, 2018 2:04 AM

Great video footage and a few interesting facts about the Belle I didn't know.  She wasn't the first heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and the celebrated crew did 24 missions in the Belle, the 25th mission was flown by another crew.  This is a 1:1 modeling/restoration talk.



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Posted by GMorrison on Thursday, March 15, 2018 3:57 PM

Classic example of the disconnect between good intentions and reality. My friend Airman Jim watched her rot for years in Memphis.

He briefly got into aircraft modeling, we built the Academy one together. But after that he switched hobbies to tube radio. Probably couldn't stand my "modeling self".

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Posted by Keyda81 on Thursday, March 15, 2018 6:37 PM

I've been keeping an eye on the restoration process via the museums facebook page.  I've gotten to see Movie Memphis Belle who calls Geneseo NY home.  Plan on seeing her again this summer.  I'm hoping to get to the museum one of these days and meet the Memphis Belle. 

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  • From: Cincinnati, Ohio
Posted by ridleusmc on Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:33 AM

The left fuselage star is crooked.  That's going to cause some fits to modellers. 

Even the United States Air Force has trouble matching shades of Olive Drab. 

Great video, thank you for sharing. 

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Posted by stikpusher on Sunday, March 18, 2018 1:39 AM

Actually, “Hells Angels” from the 303rd Bomb Group was the first B-17 in the 8th AF to complete 25 combat missions. This happened six days before the Belle flew her final combat sortie.



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Posted by GMorrison on Sunday, March 18, 2018 11:48 AM

Pretty fascinating video. In particular, the story of the Wilder movie.

I really liked how they drilled down to a specific date for setting up the restoration.

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  • From: Malvern, PA
Posted by WillysMB on Sunday, March 18, 2018 12:15 PM

The Geneseo B-17 was in the movie, but didnt play the Belle, that was the Imperial War Museum's B-17 based at Duxford where most of the ground scenes were filmed. She's a G model which needed her chin turret removed and the tail gun position modified as well as the new paint for the role.


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