GENESEO – After over a year and a half of constant restoration, the ‘Movie Memphis Belle‘ is taking to the sky once more.
The National Warplane Museum in Geneseo cares for her, one of just 12 flightworthy Boeing ‘B-17 Flying Fortresses’ in the world.
Craig Wadsworth, Director of Aircraft Maintenance for the National Warplane Museum, said that they replaced two engines and had all four propellers shipped away for servicing. The parts had to be specially manufactured for the Belle since they are no longer in factory production.
This 74-foot long, 103-foot wingspan flying fortress portrayed the fabled ‘Memphis Belle,’ one of the first B-17 United States Army Air Force heavy bombers to complete 25 combat missions with her crew intact, in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle.
The ‘Movie Memphis Belle’ was operated by the Warplane Museum in Geneseo from the 90’s until 2012. She is returning home after a 4-year stint in Georgia, where she was operated by another flight group.