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For those of you that are close enough to attend, Memphis Belle is one of 13 still flying B-17 bombers. It will be in Tulsa on the 8th and 9th of June. At the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

You can book a ride on it for the low, low price of $450, and believe that is probably to cheap for a ride on a 68 year old aircraft.
http://www.libertyfoundation.org/schedule.html
 

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When did they make the Memphis Belle air worthy again? It used to be a static display in Memphis.
 

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I'm thinking the plane was called something before. I do know that the B-24 named Diamond Lil was also called 'Ol 927 at one time.
 

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The original Memphis Bell, a B-17F, is currently undergoing restoration at the Air Force Museum at Wright-Patterson Ari Force Base in Dayton, OH

The flying "Memphis Belle", owned by the Liberty Foundation, is a B-17F, that was re-painted as the Memphis Belle for a 1989 movie about the original Belle.

I had the pleasure of seeing the original Belle when she was still on Mud Island in Memphis. The wife and I were taking a cruise from Memphis to St. Louis on the American Queen and the bus bringing us from the airport to the Queen went right past the Belle. There was enough time before the Queen left port that I was able to walk back to the exhibit.
 

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I may be weird, but I like things that make other things blowup.

I also plan to make another trip to see the USS Batfish, a WWII submarine on display in Muskogee. I've been there twice, but I can never get enough of it.
 
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There is also a B-25 Mitchell that hangers in Jenks OK, I have seen it many times.
 

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I had a chance to see Diamond Lil a few years ago, it's a B-24A, it was the 18th plane built.
 

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There was a B-17 that flew out of the Aurora, Illinois airport that crashed a few years back.
I know the widow of a man who crashed a P-38 Lightning, one of (I think) 6 left. He was an author who saved quite a few firsthand stories of the war, and wrote some great books for WWII fans. The man preparing the plane had done something stupid to the fuel, to the effect that the plane ran out of gas while in the air, and didn't win in the fight with the ground when the author tried to crash land it.

Ben W.
 

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In my late teens I lived in Memphis for a few years before going in the Navy. I used to go by the Belle just about every day and stopped quite often. My Brother worked with the air national guard years ago and they did a partial restore on it. When we wrote or talked he told me what he was working on, on her.

Thanks OB for clearing that up.
 

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Who ever gets the chance to stop by the Write-Pat. Air Museum, should, it's well worth the time. I have been there a few times.

Wish I could get up to Tulsa one of these days to see that show.
 

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Who ever gets the chance to stop by the Write-Pat. Air Museum, should, it's well worth the time. ...
I grew up in Xenia Oh, and lived in Dayton for a short time and in Cincinnati for quite awhile after than. I've been to the AF Museum more times than I can count.

I was going to it when it was in Fairborn OH, long before it moved to it's current location. No matter how many times I've been there, I always see something new every time.

If any of you folks DO decide to go there, make sure to schedule at least two days for it, as you can't possibly see everything in just one day.
 

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If you like old iron and you are in Maggie Valley NC go to the Wheels through time Museum. It is mainly Motorcycles but they have some cars and the worlds first jet ski from back in the early 1900's. The cool think is you can touch the exhibits and they all run. Dale will fire anyone one of them up for ya and he rides some of them around the property. Also American Pickers belly tank car is on display there.
 

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Brian (TD&H), you need to find out exactly where "Glacier Girl" (a P38 brought out of a Greenland glacier) is down in Texas. It was restored in Middlesboro, KY and Teresa & I rode our motorcycle down to see her. It was sold to Rod Lewis in Texas a few years back.

http://p38assn.org/glacier-girl.htm

This is the only vintage military aircraft I've been up close too since I was a kid when we went to Dayton.
 
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