B-17 Movie Memphis Belle
The B-17G Movie Memphis Belle that will appear at the 2018 show was the star of the 1990 Warner Brother film, Memphis Belle. The film was a fictionalization of the 1943 documentary Memphis Belle, about the 25th and last mission of the American Boeing B-17 Memphis Belle Flying Fortress bomber. The Movie Memphis Belle will commemorate this milestone and take spectators back in history giving them a chance to both see this iconic WWII heavy bomber fly and view it on display up close and personal in this anniversary year.
DID YOU KNOW?
The Memphis Belle was the first U.S. bombers to complete 25 missions! Robert Morgan, the pilot, named the aircraft after his girlfriend who lived in Memphis, TN! The Memphis Belle crew never suffered any casualties during the war. The Movie Memphis Belle aircraft attending the show is based at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, NY! The original Memphis Belle is on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio!
B-17 Flying Fortress FAST FACTS:
Engines: Four Wright R-1820-97 Cyclone engines, 1,200 horsepower each
Length: 74 feet, 9 inches
Height: 19 feet, 1 inch
Wingspan: 103 feet, 9 inches
Maximum Speed: 287 miles per hour
Ceiling: 35,600 feet
Range: 3,750 statute miles
Maximum Takeoff Weight: 65,000 pounds
Armament: 11 to 13 machine guns, 9,600 pound bomb load