Restoration of famed WWII bomber Memphis Belle flies high

The Memphis Belle, seen flying back to the United States after completing its 25th World War II combat mission. The plane is being meticulously restored at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.

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U.S. Air Force)

WRIGHT-PATTERSON AIR FORCE BASE, Ohio — Staring at the B-17, large parts of it nowhere to be seen, big holes in its belly, and little of its original paint, you would never know that this is one of the most famous planes in U.S. military history.

Once just another B-17 bomber among thousands sent to Europe to fight World War II, this is the Memphis Belle, the…

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