Memphis Belle is a Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress used during the Second World War that inspired the making of two motion pictures: a 1944 documentary film, Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress and the 1990 Hollywood feature film, Memphis Belle. It was one of the first United States Army Air Forces B-17 heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions, after which the aircrew returned with the bomber to the United States to sell war bonds. In 2005 restoration began on the Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, Ohio where, from May 2018, it has been on display. The B-17 used in the 1990 feature film is housed at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, New York.[
The Boeing B-17
The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four engine heavy bomber, long-range bomber developed in the United States by The Boeing Airplane Company. It was one of the most famous and successful planes that helped the Allies during WWII.
The planes were primarily used in carpet bombing missions. The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II. The Boeing B-17, also called the 'Flying Fortress', was heavily armored and included a weapons system on board an aircraft.
In addition to its role as a bomber, the B-17 was also employed as a transport, antisubmarine aircraft, drone controller, and search-and-rescue aircraft. Boeing Plant 2 built a total of 6,981 B-17s in various models, and another 5,745 were built under a collaborative effort by Douglas and Lockheed. Only a few B-17s survive today, featured at museums and air shows; most were scrapped at the end of the war.
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