World War II veterans take a flight back in history aboard the Memphis Belle

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MT. COMFORT — When the Memphis Belle returned to the United States in 1943 after completing 25 missions in the perilous skies over western Europe, the Boeing B-17 was sent on a public relations tour to tout war bonds and boost morale throughout the country. The 31-city campaign was not unlike the work being done today by her look-alike, currently sitting on the tarmac at Indianapolis Regional Airport.

The old war bird parked at Mt. Comfort is in fact not the original Memphis Belle; she’s undergoing extensive restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton, Ohio. Instead, visitors this weekend can take a look inside – or even a ride in – a different B-17 painted up and reconfigured to be identical to the original.

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