On July 21, 2013, Melanie and I toured the inside of the "Memphis Belle" that was used in filming the movie of the same name. North Coast
Air, based at Erie International Airport, hosted the event. This particular B-17 Flying Fortress is not the original Memphis Belle, but is a
version that was produced in 1945, near the end of World War II. It is being leased by the
Liberty Foundation for country-wide public tours while the ill-fated
Liberty Belle is being restored.
Sure, there are thousands of pictures of the Memphis Belle on the Internet, but none of them have Melanie in them, so that makes these special.
Melanie next to the Memphis Belle
Memphis Belle at Erie International Airport July 21, 2013
Memphis Bell Bombardier Station
Memphis Belle starboard side nose art
Memphis Belle at North Coast Air Erie International Airport
Melanie with Memphis Belle at Erie Airport
Our daughter's name is Sally, so we thought she would appreciate this photo
Memphis Belle port side nose art
Memphis Belle tail gunner position
Video Tour of the Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress
This Revell plastic model of the B-17 Flying Fortress was a joint effort between my son, Philip, and me. It was part of my program to teach
him model building and finishing skills. The project turned out pretty well if I do say so myself. - Colorado Springs, CO (circa 1998)
Frederick Airport, Frederick, Maryland (circa 1990)
Even during the busiest times of my life I have endeavored to maintain some form of model building activity.
This site has been created to help me chronicle my journey through a lifelong involvement in model aviation,
which all began in Mayo, MD. There
is a lot of good information and there are lotof pictures throughout the website that you will probably find useful, and might even bring back
some old memories from your own days of yore. The website began life around 1996 as an EarthLink screen
name of ModelAirplanes, and quickly grew to where more server space
Try Using SEARCH to Find What You Need. >1,400 Pages Indexed
on Airplanes & Rockets!