Memphis Belle

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Memphis Belle B-17 by Ken Mist The Memphis Belle is, arguably, one of the most famous aircraft in the world.  A B17 bomber, she was the first American bomber of WWII to complete 25 missions. 

The original aircraft is still undergoing restoration but the movie stand in still flies and made an appearance today at the Waterloo-Wellington air show outside Toronto.

I’m working here all weekend helping to man the museum’s booth but I, of course, had to duck out to get a chance to see this famous plane.

Memphis Belle B-17 by Ken Mist

Seeing her up close was great but watching her glide through the air was amazing.  This is one graceful airplane and the crew put on a great show with plenty of low speed passes and tight turns.

The air show organizers have put on a terrific event and I’ve been taking some notes now that we’ve starting preparing for next year’s Wings & Wheels festival.

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