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Old Apr 21, 2012, 3:48 AM   #1
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Did the morning with the Belle at the air strip...and poked around the hanger for a while. Looks like the A-26 Invader may take to the skies this summer for the show also. The top Turret is missing off of the Belle and is on the floor of the shop being worked on by the way.
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Old Apr 21, 2012, 7:33 AM   #2
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Beautiful lighting on the outside shots. I also like #2 with the emphasis on the propeller. Love the classic warbirds!

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Old Apr 21, 2012, 10:37 AM   #3
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Nice series, enjoyed.
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Old Apr 30, 2012, 9:43 PM   #4
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When I was around 10 years old the "Memphis Belle" landed at the Detroit City Airport as part of it's war bond tour of the U.S. It was magic for me to actually touch this icon of boyhood dreams.
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Really cool birds EQ. Thanks for bringing them back to my attention.
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Old May 2, 2012, 9:37 AM   #6
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Thaxs...I always enjoy going over and talking with the owners and mechanics...and oh yeah shooting the aircraft too. Geneseo airshow coming up in July. Great place to get up close and in the prop wash of all these planes.
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I live about 20 minutes from the old Burtonwood Airbase in the North West of England. A hive of US activity during WWII. There is a pub about 5 mins from the airbase called the Memphis Belle
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Great shots by the way. I too love #2
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I live in Memphis and its still a sore subject that the Belle is no longer housed here. Where is she now? The city built a building specifically to house the Belle but it wasn't "conditioned" so she was taken away. Now I see her outside and I get miffed.
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At this time the original Belle is still in Dayton Ohio undergoing complete restoration due to years of damage due to the elements and vandalism. She went to Dayton sometime in 2009 and will be completed shortly and on display for the duration of her life in a climate controled eviroment. The pictures here, are of the B-17 that was made up for the movie "The Memphis Belle in 1990, as at this time the original was in very poor and unflyable condition. The original was fitted with a chin turret and a different tail gunner position. The nose art was a bit different in the respect that the Belle was in red on the left side and dressed in blue on the right. All though it is not the real McCoy it is still very nice to see her take to the skies every year just the same.
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