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B-17 Flying Fortress  (Memphis Belle)

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. Enjoy.

Supermodel Melanie standing by the Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress - Airplanes and Rockets

Melanie next to the Memphis Belle

Memphis Belle at Erie International Airport - Airplanes and Rockets

Memphis Belle at Erie International Airport
July 21, 2013

Memphis Bell Bombardier Station - Airplanes and Rockets

Memphis Bell Bombardier Station

Memphis Belle starboard side nose art - Airplanes and Rockets

Memphis Belle starboard side nose art

Memphis Belle at North Coast Air - Airplanes and Rockets

Memphis Belle at North Coast Air
Erie International Airport

Supermodel Melanie with Memphis Belle at Erie Airport - Airplanes and Rockets

Melanie with Memphis Belle at Erie Airport

Our daughter's name is Sally (Supermodel Melanie poses) - Airplanes and Rockets

Our daughter's name is Sally, so we thought she would appreciate this photo

Memphis Belle port side nose art - Airplanes and Rockets

Memphis Belle port side nose art

Memphis Belle tail gunner position - Airplanes and Rockets

Memphis Belle tail gunner position

Video Tour of the Memphis Belle B-17 Flying Fortress

Revell plastic B-17 Flying Fortress model nose by Philp & Kirt Blattenberger

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)

Philip, Sally & Melanie with a B-17 - Airplanes and Rockets

Frederick Airport, Frederick, Maryland (circa 1990)



Posted July 21, 2013

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