Memphis Belle

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  1. #1 Posted May 17, 2018 at 3:28 AM

    I'm the Wiz, and nobody beats me!

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  2. #2 Posted May 17, 2018 at 3:39 AM

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    Sure have .. partsguy ... the USAF Museum holds many treasures ......

    ..... patric
     
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  3. #3 Posted May 17, 2018 at 6:37 AM

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    There was a recreated Memphis Belle B-17 on the circuit the last few years. Real B-17, just not the real Belle. Me and my Grandson took a tour of the whole ship. Amazing how small it was inside. Nice to see the real deal is restored now.

    Mike
     
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  4. #4 Posted May 17, 2018 at 10:08 AM

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    A lot of great aircraft and memorabilia in that museum. I like the collection of bomber jackets. While the people of Nagasaki, Japan probably don't care for it I like Bock's Car. V/r Shawn
     
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  5. #5 Posted May 17, 2018 at 11:54 AM

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    I love the Kill Count and Bomb Count on the sides of it, and the fact that they were called the B-17 Flying Fortress, the name just demands respect, my dad served 3 tours and spent 2 years in Vietnam in the Army, so I have a tremendous amount of respect for all branches of the military, I live seeing the old planes get a new lease on life, I had been reading about a Boeing B-29 Superfortress called "Kee Bird" that had to make an emergency landing in Greenland, a group of guys started restoring it on the spot in the ice and snow, replaced the engines got it flight ready and it caught on fire and ruined it a few years back so they left it to the ice and snow once again, so its nice to see these planes and the brave men who operated them, get the respect and treatment they deserve

    Aaron

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  6. #6 Posted May 17, 2018 at 2:01 PM

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    I watched the maiden voyage of the B29 last year in Wichita... can’t remember the name... only airworthy one left ...


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  7. #7 Posted May 17, 2018 at 3:08 PM

    Wore out three sets of tires already!

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    Right down the street, saw the p51s earlier today
     
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  8. #8 Posted May 17, 2018 at 5:10 PM

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    A FEW YEARS AGO, I RODE ON THE MEMPHIS BELLE TOURING B-17
    OUT OVER THE LAKE. WHAT A SMOOTH RIDE AND GOOD FEELING!
     
  9. #9 Posted May 18, 2018 at 4:03 AM

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    Little know fact about the B-17 name. While legend has it the name came about from a reporter's comments, it was initially called the Flying Fortress to placate lawmakers into voting funds for it's construction. US was still in a depression and the last thing they wanted to spend money on was defence because they felt that we were insultated from foreign wars by two oceans. The Army Air Corps told the lawmakers it would act like a fortress (and cost a lot less) by bombing any naval force that came near our shores, thus a fortress in the air. Unfortuneatley I am unable to recall the source of this info.

    Ironically the B-24 came slightly later and had longer range which made it more applicable for such a purpose and indeed it was used by the British to protect convoys as they came within range of England. The 24 also saw a lot of action in the Pacific where range was an important factor.

    Both planes carried 10 50's for self protection.
     
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  12. #12 Posted May 18, 2018 at 11:16 PM

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    While the people of Kokura breathe a collective sigh of relief. It was the primary target on the 9th, but "obscured by fog".
     
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