Monday, June 23, 2014
The plane shown is exactly like the original.. having come off the assembly line in April 1945 just as the war was ending. Thus it never saw actual combat but was used in a variety of ways-- ferrying officials , fire fighting, and, of course, the famous movie . The original plane is under restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.
and many times that happened. Our pilot said he has only lost an engine once and didn't notice any difference. The skin of the aircraft was aluminum... which is great for reducing weight, but not so good for stopping bullets. In all the 25 missions the Memphis Belle flew, there was only one crew member who was injured with shrapnel.