The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York has achieved a major coups in gaining the lease of the late David Tallichet’s Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress serial 44-83546. Known universally now as “The Movie” Memphis Belle, due to her starring role in the 1989 film Memphis Belle, the aircraft was a frequent participant in the famed Geneseo air shows of the late 1980s and early 1990s when it was not uncommon to find six, seven or even eight WWII heavy bombers in formation over that hallowed grass field hewn from the corn fields of upstate New York. Geneseo hasn’t had a B-17 based on their field since B-17G Fuddy Duddy left following the lamented, mid-1990s schism of the original museum. Having Memphis Belle back in town is marvelous news for everyone who remembers those halcyon days.
May 11th, 2017
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