Interesting to find that the original Boeing B17F Memphis Belle is undergoing an extensive restoration.
WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE — The Memphis Belle dodged anti-aircraft artillery and bullets over the skies of Europe, but the historic B-17F has a future mission in Dayton decades after its trials in the air over France and Germany.
Casey J. Simmons and dozens of his compatriots are restoring the World War II heavy bomber made famous as the first to complete 25 combat missions over Europe and return to the United States.
The restoration crew at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has swarmed over the Boeing-built airplane, piece by piece, and painstakingly bent sheet metal, scrapped off old paint and carefully cataloged every crew signature etched on its sides to prepare it for its next public debut in its storied history: A tentative 2014 roll out in the museum’s World War II Gallery.
I watched the movie again on Saturday night. Quite cheesy and totally inaccurate as far as the actual Memphis Belle story goes, but it does generate interest in the air war over Germany for first time viewers. Must watch the original documentary again soon.
I know there's a lot of money in aviation because I put it there.