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Tango0117 May 2018 12:01 p.m. PST

…. at AF museum.

"The reborn Memphis Belle was unveiled Wednesday night before hundreds including the families of crewmen who flew the famed Army Air Forces bomber into history.

Under theatrical lighting and uplifted above the ground by three metal poles, the Memphis Belle was surrounded by a strategic bombing exhibit with cases filled with artifacts, many personal items of the crewmen who flew aboard the four-engine bomber on the perilous journeys.

Robert K. Morgan Jr., 72, of San Francisco, son of the late pilot Robert K. Morgan who died in 2004, wore his father's silver wings and a bracelet he kept during the war…"
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Extrabio1947 Supporting Member of TMP17 May 2018 12:37 p.m. PST

I drove past The Belle every day for 4 years when I attended Memphis State back in the late 60's and early 70's. It's wonderful to see the proud old lady get the care she deserves.

BW195917 May 2018 3:53 p.m. PST

I was there today, enjoyed it. They had WW2 re-enactors,
vehicles and flew in two B-17's and a P-51. If the weather holds out I'll be back tomorrow

Old Wolfman18 May 2018 7:20 a.m. PST

She's still as beautiful as ever.

Tango0118 May 2018 10:25 a.m. PST

You are lucky my friend… (smile)

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Personal logo Blackhorse MP Supporting Member of TMP20 May 2018 10:08 a.m. PST

Was there yesterday. It was great to see such a piece of living history. In fact if you like Air Force history I can't recommend the AF National Museum enough. It's lousy with history; a B2, SR71, Bocks Car, AF One and sooo much more.

ScottWashburn Sponsoring Member of TMP22 May 2018 9:48 a.m. PST

I got within about two hundred yards of the Belle years ago when it was on display in a park in Memphis. I was there on a Monday with some friends waiting for our flight home after a weekend Civil War reenactment at Shiloh. We wanted to see the Belle so we drove up to the gate, but the guard there said: "Sorry, we're closed on Mondays." We could see the plane from the gate and asked if he could just let us in for a minute for a closer look. He said: "Sorry, I can't. But it's a shame you weren't here last week. The park was still closed for the winter and I could have let you in." We said: "So you are telling us that if we'd been here when the park was closed you could have let us in. But now that the park is open, you can't?" He said: "Yup."

Bureaucracy at work! :)

Personal logo svsavory Supporting Member of TMP23 May 2018 4:18 p.m. PST

I stopped by the museum to see the Belle yesterday. It was much less crowded than it was last week. She is a thing of beauty.

I last saw the Belle in 2009 when it was in the restoration hangar. She was in pieces and had been stripped of most of her paint. The restoration crew did an amazing job!

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