'Memphis Belle' Flies Fort Wayne

By Kent Hormann - NBC33

July 28, 2014 Updated Jul 28, 2014 at 9:57 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (21Alive) - The Memphis Belle soared into Fort Wayne on Monday afternoon, beginning a week-long stint at Fort Wayne International Airport. More than 12,000 B-17 bombers were built during World War II; and their missions to Germany were largely credited in turning the war effort in favor of the United States.

Dubbed the "Flying Fortress," because of its resistance to flak and enemy fighters, the 91st Bomber Group's B-17s dropped more than 22,000 tons of bombs during 340 missions. Less than ten of the planes are presently flying, including the Memphis Belle which was used in the movie which paid tribute to the airmen who manned those planes.

Flights on the plane will be available to the public Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The cost is $450 per person.

The proceeds go to The Liberty Foundation, which is dedicated to the preservation of World War II aviation history.




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