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“Memphis Belle” B-17 On Display at FWA

The B-17 used in the 1990 movie “Memphis Belle” appears at
Fort Wayne International Airport (Photo by Dean Jackson, WOWO News)

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO): A chance to experience history comes to Fort Wayne International Airport  this weekend. 

Saturday and Sunday from 12 pm to 5 pm, the public will get a first hand look at a World War II bomber, the B-17 used in the 1990 movie “Memphis Belle.” 

More than 12,000 B-17's flew in the war. Today, only dozen can fly. The plane is open for rides and tours. 

Keith Youngblood is part of the group, the Liberty Foundation, that brought the plane to Fort Wayne. He says its a living museum that celebrates what airmen sacrificed to serve their country and the conditions they experienced. “Eight, 10 to 12 hours at a time and the guys had at to deal with very skinny thin aluminium protection” 

He added about one in four planes, in any mission, never returned. The plane helps tell the incredible story of survival and commitment, one that most humble vets don't feel comfortable sharing.

To schedule your flight – go to libertyfoundation.org. There is a charge for rides, the tour is free.

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