B-17G 44-83546 “Movie” Memphis Belle

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Just a few sample pics of the B-17G 44-83546 “Movie” Memphis Belle from my personal archives documenting the B-17s I have had the good fortune to see in person.

“Movie” Memphis Belle at Grimes Field; Urbana Ohio 2018

“Movie” Memphis Belle at Detroit; Aug. 2010

Mid-week maintenance in Renton; May 2014

I had the good fortune of getting a walkthrough of the plane while the gang was doing some routine prep work days before it would be enjoyed by the public during the Liberty Foundation’s stop at Renton, Wash. It was a very different experience as I could hear every soft creak of the plane under my footsteps and feel a gentle rocking response specific to my movements as the only one aboard. Standing in silence and truly taking in the beauty of the plane without the sense that I should “move on quickly to let the next person have that spot.” It was a different experience than I get at airshows and I wanted to give a special thanks to the touring crew for allowing me to enjoy their plane in a whole new way.

“Movie” Memphis Belle on display at Renton, Wash.; May 2014

Flight aboard “Movie” Memphis Belle from Renton, Wash., to Spokane; May 2014

Paul’s photos from that flight aboard “Movie” Memphis Belle; May 2014