Academic journal article Air Power History

"Memphis Belle" Moves to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

Academic journal article Air Power History

"Memphis Belle" Moves to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

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Dayton, Ohio. The B-17F "Memphis Belle," the Eighth Air Force's first heavy bomber to complete twenty-five successful bombing missions over Europe and return to the United States, has been moved to National Museum of the U.S. Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio, under the terms of an agreement between the Memphis Belle Memorial Association and the U.S. Air Force.

The "Memphis Belle" was located in the Memphis, Tennessee area since 1946, and was on loan from the Air Force to volunteers until the 1980s, when the Association became its leaseholder. The move to the National Museum will allow the Air Force to share with millions of visitors from around the world the "Memphis Belle's" story of the perseverance of the United States and her allies in defeating the Axis threat.

The aircraft, a national aviation treasure and widely recognized symbol of American bravery and heroism during World War II, is currently in the Museum's Restoration hangar in Area B of Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. It is being prepared to undergo several years of restoration work. Once restoration on the aircraft begins, the public will be invited to view it as part of the Museum's "Behind the Scenes" tours. Museum Director, Maj. Gen. Charles D. Metcalf, USAF (Ret.) promised that the historic plane will receive "a level of care and public visibility befitting its legacy. …

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