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The famous World War Two B-17 bomber 'Memphis Belle' in Charleston

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The Memphis Belle, a B-17F Flying Fortress, is one of the most famous aircraft in history. In May 1943 it became the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States. The Memphis Belle, a B-17F Flying Fortress, is one of the most famous aircraft in history. In May 1943 it became the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions over Europe and return to the United States.
CHARLESTON, SC -

The "Memphis Belle", a restored WWII B-17 "flying fortress" bomber, will take to the skies over Charleston on Monday October 7.

The Liberty Foundations 2013 Salute to Veterans tour will arrive in Charleston Monday October 7, 2013. The famous Boeing B-17 "Memphis Belle" will be on display celebrating the 70th anniversary of the Memphis Belle's historic last mission and first visit to Charleston.

Sixty eight years ago these aircraft flew from bases far from home in an attempt to bring freedom to oppressed peoples. Our B-17 mission is to educate the people of America about the courageous WWII veterans, and remember those brave aircrew who never made it home.

"Memphis Belle" is a living museum, our heritage not in mothballs or the pages of a dusty book, but real life, three dimensions, here and now. You are invited to come touch the past and fly through ageless skies.

As the B-17 flies around town this weekend, its famous silhouette and unique sound will draw a great deal of attention. The aircraft will be open to the public and available for flights and ground tours on Saturday & Sunday October 12-13.

 

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