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Famous B-17 Warbird to Land in OKC June 14-15, 2014
Ground Tours and Rides Will Be Offered

The Liberty Foundation's famous B-17G, "The Movie Memphis Belle," will make a visit to Oklahoma City's Wiley Post Airport on June 14 and 15, 2014. The bomber will be selling rides to support its nation-wide tour, but will also be open for ground tours during non-flight hours.

Oklahoma Aeronautics Commission staff member Dan Stroud will be leading tours and answering questions about B-17s both days, or contact him at the attached address for information or questions.

The "Movie Memphis Belle" (called that to avoid misrepresentation that this is the original aircraft), will be on display and flying out of Atlantic Aviation at Wiley Post Airport, starting each day at 10am. Seats can be purchased on-site for flights in this historic aircraft, first come-first served.

The B-17 "Flying Fortress" is often considered the symbol of American airpower which won the war in Europe, with the bulk of the nearly 13,000 bombers built being sent overseas. It was built by several of the largest aircraft manufacturers, not just by Boeing, as Boeing was at its maximum manufacturing capacity while preparing the B-29 "Super Fortress" for combat. Boeing, Douglas and Vega all built thousands of B-17s, and at least 12 are still flyable worldwide.

This B-17, owned by the Liberty Foundation and founder Don Brookes, was used to portray the actual "Memphis Belle" in the latest movie, although the original "Memphis Belle" is almost ready for permanent static display at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Dayton, Ohio. The original "Belle" was saved from scrapping at Altus AFB, Okla., by a Memphis citizen who happened to be at the base and saw her. A quick bid was placed for her by the city, and after approval she was moved to the first of several locations in and around Memphis, Tenn. No longer able to maintain her in a safe and presentable condition, she was returned to USAF control and sent to Dayton for restoration. She will soon go on display inside the main museum in perfect condition with all systems and armament returned aboard.

The "Memphis Belle" was one of the first bombers to complete the 25 combat missions needed at the time with the same crew, and all crew members returned unharmed. After the last mission, the original "Belle" came back home to begin a nation-wide War Bond tour to help support those still in combat. She later went to a training unit in Florida, then later to Altus for scrapping..


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Memphis Belle

The Liberty Foundation's famous B-17G, "The Movie Memphis Belle," will make a visit to Oklahoma City's Wiley Post Airport on June 14 and 15, 2014. The bomber will be selling rides to support its nation-wide tour, but will also be open for ground tours during non-flight hours.