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Slideshow: B-17 Visits Indy Airport

Several veterans took an opportunity Monday to fly in the restored plane, which was featured in the 1989 movie, "Memphis Belle".

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    The B-17 'Flying Fortress' was used primary in WWII and the Korean conflict.

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    This B-17 was restored in the 1970's, and is one of only 13 such planes still flying.

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    The B-17 was armed to the teeth, giving it the nickname 'Flying Fortress'. Each gunner station was stocked with at least 9 yards of .50 caliber ammunition.

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    The original 'Memphis Belle' was the first B-17 to successfully complete its required 25 missions during WWII. The crew were brought back to the U.S. in an effort to promote the sale of war bonds.

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    Pilot John Shuttleworth at the controls of the plane. During the 45 minute flight, the public has access to all areas of the plane, including the cockpit and bomb bays.

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    WWII veteran Marc Ogden recalls his time as a crew member of a B-17 during the war. Several retired B-17 crew members were on hand Monday to fly in the restored plane.

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    Views of Marion and Hancock counties are impressive out of the B-17's many windows.

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    The B-17 taking off at the Indianapolis Regional Airport near Greenfield. (Formerly the Mount Comfort Airport)

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    This particular B-17 was built in 1945, and used in the movie, "Memphis Belle".

A 1945 Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” is in Indianapolis this week to give the public a chance to fly around Indianapolis in this historic plane.

This plane was built right as WWII was ending, and saw action in Korea before becoming a military transport plane. It was restored in the 1970′s, and was used in the 1989 movie “Memphis Belle”.

For more information on flights, which take place this Saturday and Sunday, contact the Liberty Foundation at (918)-340-0243.

Flights are taking place at the Indianapolis Regional Airport (formerly the Mount Comfort Airport) in Hancock County.

Dan Goldblatt

Dan Goldblatt is the Multi-media Producer for WFIU/WTIU News. A graduate of Indiana University, he studied journalism and anthropology. He currently lives in Bloomington with his cat, June Carter.

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