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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's  flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle on display in the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

The B-17F Memphis Belle is unveiled during a private ceremony on May 16, 2018.
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The B-17F Memphis Belle is unveiled during a private ceremony on May 16, 2018.

The B-17F Memphis Belle is unveiled during a private ceremony on May 16, 2018.
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The B-17F Memphis Belle is unveiled during a private ceremony on May 16, 2018.

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 10, 2018. B-17's flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe. Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Over 160 military reenactors took part in the Memphis Belle exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Over 160 military reenactors took part in the Memphis Belle exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force approach the B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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Visitors to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force approach the B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

A museum visitor takes a picture of the B-17F Memphis Belle during the Memphis Belle exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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A museum visitor takes a picture of the B-17F Memphis Belle during the Memphis Belle exhibit opening events May 17-19, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Boeing B-17F-10-BO "Memphis Belle" nose art. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Boeing B-17F-10-BO "Memphis Belle" nose art. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Boeing B-17F-10-BO "Memphis Belle" in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Boeing B-17F-10-BO "Memphis Belle" in flight. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Boeing B-17F-10-BO "Memphis Belle" on tour at Patterson Field, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Boeing B-17F-10-BO "Memphis Belle" on tour at Patterson Field, Ohio. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The crew of the "Memphis Belle"® after their 25th mission: (l to r) TSgt. Harold Loch (top turret gunner/engineer), SSg.t Cecil Scott (ball turret gunner), TSgt. Robert Hanson (radio operator), Capt. James Verinis (copilot), Capt. Robert Morgan (pilot), Capt. Charles Leighton (navigator), SSgt. John Quinlan (tail gunner), SSgt. Casimer Nastal (waist gunner), Capt. Vincent Evans (bombardier), and SSgt. Clarence Winchell (waist gunner). (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The crew of the "Memphis Belle"® after their 25th mission: (l to r) TSgt. Harold Loch (top turret gunner/engineer), SSg.t Cecil Scott (ball turret gunner), TSgt. Robert Hanson (radio operator), Capt. James Verinis (copilot), Capt. Robert Morgan (pilot), Capt. Charles Leighton (navigator), SSgt. John Quinlan (tail gunner), SSgt. Casimer Nastal (waist gunner), Capt. Vincent Evans (bombardier), and SSgt. Clarence Winchell (waist gunner). (U.S. Air Force photo)

Gen. Hap Arnold, commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces, examining the "Mempis Belle" after it returned to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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Gen. Hap Arnold, commander of the U.S. Army Air Forces, examining the "Mempis Belle" after it returned to the United States. (U.S. Air Force photo)

The Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail is inspected for damage after a mission on January 23, 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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The Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail is inspected for damage after a mission on January 23, 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2005) -- (From left to right) 88th Air Base Wing Engineering Equipment Operator Chris Moon and National Museum of the United States Air Force Restoration Technicians Tim Ward and Greg Hassler unload the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" into the museum's restoration hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2005) -- (From left to right) 88th Air Base Wing Engineering Equipment Operator Chris Moon and National Museum of the United States Air Force Restoration Technicians Tim Ward and Greg Hassler unload the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" into the museum's restoration hangar. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" is readied for restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" is readied for restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Radio operator's compartment in the B-17 "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Radio operator's compartment in the B-17 "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Restoration Specialist Bob Webb points out the corrosion in the frame member of the B-17 "Memphis Belle." The newly pressed frame is behind the item being replaced. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Restoration Specialist Bob Webb points out the corrosion in the frame member of the B-17 "Memphis Belle." The newly pressed frame is behind the item being replaced. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Ball turret area in the aft fuselage section of the B-17 "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Photo shows where corrosion was discovered in the area covered by a circuit breaker panel. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Ball turret area in the aft fuselage section of the B-17 "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Photo shows where corrosion was discovered in the area covered by a circuit breaker panel. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - B-17 "Memphis Belle" inboard wing standing up beside F-86A fuel drop tanks in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - B-17 "Memphis Belle" inboard wing standing up beside F-86A fuel drop tanks in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Museum volunteer John Vance works on a "Memphis Belle" landing gear strut in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Museum volunteer John Vance works on a "Memphis Belle" landing gear strut in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Ball turret of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Ball turret of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Interior of the tail gunner section of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Interior of the tail gunner section of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Parts of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Parts of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Part of a wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Part of a wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - A section of a wing from the "Memphis Belle" at the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - A section of a wing from the "Memphis Belle" at the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Four Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radials of 1200 hp each from the B-17F "Memphis Belle." These engines are in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Four Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radials of 1200 hp each from the B-17F "Memphis Belle." These engines are in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - One of the the "Memphis Belle" engines, a Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radial of 1,200 hp, in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - One of the the "Memphis Belle" engines, a Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radial of 1,200 hp, in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Part of the a wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Part of the a wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Tail gunner position of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Tail gunner position of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Ball turret of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Ball turret of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Part of a wing from the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Part of a wing from the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Memorial sign that sits in front of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Memorial sign that sits in front of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Interior fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Interior fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - A close-up of the nose art of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" while in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - A close-up of the nose art of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" while in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft is being stripped to bare metal. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft is being stripped to bare metal. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This photo shows some of the graffiti on the aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. This photo shows some of the graffiti on the aircraft. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft is being stripped to bare metal. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The aircraft is being stripped to bare metal. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- Ball turret of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- Ball turret of the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- Museum volunteer Steve Markman works on the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- Museum volunteer Steve Markman works on the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radial engines from the B-17F "Memphis Belle." These engines are in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radial engines from the B-17F "Memphis Belle." These engines are in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (10/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- A section of the wing from the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2007) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" undergoing restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

Tom Bachman tags a section of the famous B-17 bomber, Memphis Belle, in the Restoration Division of the National Museum of the United States of the Air Force on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The restoration is expected to take ten year restoration to complete. The museum is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring 400 aerospace vehicles on more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Mr. Bachman is a restoration specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)
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Tom Bachman tags a section of the famous B-17 bomber, Memphis Belle, in the Restoration Division of the National Museum of the United States of the Air Force on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The restoration is expected to take ten year restoration to complete. The museum is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring 400 aerospace vehicles on more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Mr. Bachman is a restoration specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

DAYTON, Ohio - B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.  (U.S. Air Force Photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force Photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Memorial sign that sits in front of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2007) - Memorial sign that sits in front of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration area of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ben Strasser)

Tom Bachman tags a section of the famous B-17 bomber, Memphis Belle, in the Restoration Division of the National Museum of the United States of the Air Force on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The restoration is expected to take ten year restoration to complete. The museum is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring 400 aerospace vehicles on more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Mr. Bachman is a restoration specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)
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Tom Bachman tags a section of the famous B-17 bomber, Memphis Belle, in the Restoration Division of the National Museum of the United States of the Air Force on Wright-Patterson AFB, Ohio. The restoration is expected to take ten year restoration to complete. The museum is the world's largest and oldest military aviation museum featuring 400 aerospace vehicles on more than 17 acres of indoor exhibit space. Mr. Bachman is a restoration specialist. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. Cecilio Ricardo)

DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- Museum volunteer Steve Markman works on the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)
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DAYTON, Ohio (07/2007) -- Museum volunteer Steve Markman works on the "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (Photo courtesy of Craig Scaling, Airshow Traveler)

DAYTON, Ohio (8/31/2009) - The B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The sheet metal is being repainted and fabricated as needed. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (8/31/2009) - The B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The sheet metal is being repainted and fabricated as needed. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Members of the 315th Maintenance Squadron out of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., work on a stand for the B-17F Memphis Belle's wing during a two-week stay at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where the group worked in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Members of the 315th Maintenance Squadron out of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., work on a stand for the B-17F Memphis Belle's wing during a two-week stay at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where the group worked in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio - Members of the 315th Maintenance Squadron out of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., piece together a holding fixture for the B-17F Memphis Belle's wing during their two-week stay at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where the group worked in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio - Members of the 315th Maintenance Squadron out of Charleston Air Force Base, S.C., piece together a holding fixture for the B-17F Memphis Belle's wing during their two-week stay at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio, where the group worked in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (04/2010) -- A restoration specialist works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)
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DAYTON, Ohio (04/2010) -- A restoration specialist works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

DAYTON, Ohio (04/2010) -- Restoration specialist Nick Almeter works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)
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DAYTON, Ohio (04/2010) -- Restoration specialist Nick Almeter works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the Restoration Hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo/Master Sgt. William Greer)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2010) -- Boeing B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2010) -- Boeing B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/2010) -- Boeing B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/2010) -- Boeing B-17F "Memphis Belle" in restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, OHIO (12/2011) -- Restoration specialist Dave Robb works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, OHIO (12/2011) -- Restoration specialist Dave Robb works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/2011) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/2011) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/2011) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/2011) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Duane Jones, Roger Brigner, and Chad Vanhook prepare to attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Duane Jones, Roger Brigner, and Chad Vanhook prepare to attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Duane Jones, Chad Vanhook, and Roger Brigner attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Duane Jones, Chad Vanhook, and Roger Brigner attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Chad Vanhook, Roger Brigner, and Duane Jones attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Chad Vanhook, Roger Brigner, and Duane Jones attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Roger Brigner, and Duane Jones attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Roger Brigner, and Duane Jones attach the vertical stabilizer to the fuselage of the B-17F "Memphis Belle"® at the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on display in the museum's World War II Gallery in spring 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- Restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (08/2014) -- Restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/2014) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/2014) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/2014) -- The vertical stabilizer of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/2014) -- The vertical stabilizer of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/2014) -- A horizontal stabilizer of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/2014) -- A horizontal stabilizer of the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum Restoration staff install the pilot’s instrument panel donated by officials from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Museum Restoration staff install the pilot’s instrument panel donated by officials from the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" and the pilot’s instrument panel in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" and the pilot’s instrument panel in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio --  Henry Skipper, president/CEO of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force speaks about the pilot’s instrument panel donation to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Henry Skipper, president/CEO of the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force speaks about the pilot’s instrument panel donation to the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" and the pilot’s instrument panel in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" and the pilot’s instrument panel in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (03/2016) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)
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DAYTON, Ohio (03/2016) -- The B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (02/2017) -- Restoration crews cleaned the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle, and moved it to another hangar with additional space on Feb. 22, 2017 at the National Museum of the United States Air Force. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- (From left to right) National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialists Casey Simmons and Chase Meredith install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- (From left to right) National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialists Casey Simmons and Chase Meredith install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force install the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force installed the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Restoration crews from the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force installed the final wing-tip on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ on March 22, 2017. The famed B-17F Memphis Belle™ and its crew became iconic symbols of the heavy bomber crews and support personnel who helped defeat Nazi Germany. The Memphis Belle was the first US Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the US after completing 25 combat missions over Europe. The USAAF chose the Memphis Belle for a highly-publicized war bond tour from June-August 1943, and its crew was celebrated as national heroes. The aircraft and crew were also the subject of two widely-seen Hollywood movies (one in 1944 and another in 1990). The Memphis Belle will be placed on public display at the museum on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

National Museum of the USAF-Plans call for this early B-5 flight helmet to be displayed near the Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018. Some of the Eighth Air Force bomber crewmen wore these in 1942 and early 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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National Museum of the USAF-Plans call for this early B-5 flight helmet to be displayed near the Memphis Belle™ as part of the new strategic bombardment exhibit in the WWII Gallery, which opens to the public on May 17, 2018. Some of the Eighth Air Force bomber crewmen wore these in 1942 and early 1943. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- A view of the ball turret from the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- A view of the ball turret from the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- A view of the ball turret from the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- A view of the ball turret from the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Casey Simmons and Brian Lindamood work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Casey Simmons and Brian Lindamood work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Brian Lindamood and Casey Simmons work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Brian Lindamood and Casey Simmons work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- Restoration specialist Casey Simmons works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- Restoration specialist Casey Simmons works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle" in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Chase Meredith and Jason Davis work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Chase Meredith and Jason Davis work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- Restoration Specialist Duane Jones works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- Restoration Specialist Duane Jones works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- Restoration Specialist Duane Jones works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- Restoration Specialist Duane Jones works on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Duane Jones and Roger Brigner work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (06/2017) -- (From left to right) Restoration Specialists Duane Jones and Roger Brigner work on the B-17F "Memphis Belle"™ in the restoration hangar at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The exhibit opening for this aircraft is planned for May 17, 2018.(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the tail turret (tail gunner position) on the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the tail turret (tail gunner position) on the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)

DAYTON, Ohio -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the tail turret (tail gunner position) on the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the tail turret (tail gunner position) on the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the tail turret (tail gunner position) on the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the tail turret (tail gunner position) on the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)

DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017 in the museum's restoration building. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- View of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017 in the museum's restoration building. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)

DAYTON, Ohio -- Black and white view of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017 in the museum's restoration building. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)
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DAYTON, Ohio -- Black and white view of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ on July 26, 2017 in the museum's restoration building. This aircraft will be placed on public display here at the museum on May 17, 2018. (Photo courtesy Kevin Lush)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- View of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the restoration hangar before cleaning. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews tow the B-17F Memphis Belle™ outside for cleaning of the aircraft, which was done in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews tow the B-17F Memphis Belle™ outside for cleaning in preparation for painting of the aircraft. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting of the aircraft. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting of the aircraft. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Casey Simmons, clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Casey Simmons, clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Casey Simmons, clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood, cleans the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialist Nick Almeter, cleans the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Chad Vanhook and Brian Lindamood, clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Chad Vanhook and Brian Lindamood, clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists clean the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for painting of the aircraft. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle™ dries out in the sun after museum restoration crews cleaned the aircraft in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- A general view of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ tail gun position. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews tow the B-17F Memphis Belle™ back into a hangar after cleaning the aircraft, which was done in preparation for painting. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

B-17F Memphis Belle™
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 8, 2017) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle™ in restoration(foreground), and a view of the museum's main complex(background). Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- An interior view of the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- An interior view of the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons(left) and 88th ABW civil engineer Chris Moon(right) work on installing the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews and 88th ABW civil engineers work to install the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews and 88th ABW civil engineers work to install the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews and 88th ABW civil engineers work to install the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Casey Simmons work to install the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Chase Meredith and Nick Almeter work on installing the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Chase Meredith and Nick Almeter work on installing the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialist Jason Davis works on installing the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration crews work on installing the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons work on installing the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in preparation for the exhibit opening. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (Aug. 16, 2017) -- A general view of the upper turret of the B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be on public display here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/3/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/3/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/3/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/06/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews continue the painting process on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/2017) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/2017) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/2017) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/2017) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/2017) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/27/2017) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (11/8/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- View of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- View of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews install the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the flight control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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DAYTON, Ohio (12/28/2017) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing the final control surfaces on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ tail section in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons speaks with the media about the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration specialist Casey Simmons speaks with the media about the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Don Popp)

DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)
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DAYTON, Ohio (01/04/2018) -- A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™ in the museum's restoration hangar. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/23/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing propeller number one on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle™. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the museum's restoration hangar. SSgt. John Quinlan the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons repainted the names on the tail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the museum's restoration hangar. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons painted the names on the tail for this restoration and this photo shows the outline before paint was added. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Quinlan also received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Quinlan also received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns during WWII. Quinlan also received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Quinlan also received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the names Pete and Repeat on the tail gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Quinlan also received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the museum's restoration hangar. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Quinlan also received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons painted the names on the tail.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the museum's restoration hangar. SSgt. John Quinlan, the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew, named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Quinlan received credit for shooting down one German fighter which is represented by the swastika. Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons painted the names on the tail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/01/2018) A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail gun position in the museum's restoration hangar. SSgt. John Quinlan the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons repainted the names on the tail. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/01/2018) A view of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle tail guns in the museum's restoration hangar. SSgt. John Quinlan the tail gunner of the Memphis Belle crew named the guns Pete and Repeat during WWII. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook prepares to paint the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook prepares to paint the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook prepares to paint the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook paints the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook painted the name 'Virginia' below the right waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/05/2018) Paint brushes used for artwork on the historic restoration of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Paint brushes used for artwork on the historic restoration of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons painted the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons painted the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/25/2018) Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the letter 'S' for 'Sally' below the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle as part of the aircraft restoration. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery of the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle being moved into the WWII Gallery by restoration crews. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle being moved into the WWII Gallery by restoration crews. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle being moved into the WWII Gallery by restoration crews. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle being moved into the WWII Gallery by restoration crews. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the Memphis Belle aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the Memphis Belle aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the Memphis Belle aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle, left, poses for photos along with the B-17G Shoo Shoo Baby at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle poses for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path on the way to the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path on the way to the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path on the way to the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path on the way to the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Bardua)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Bardua)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Bardua)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ernie Muller)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path toward the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Bardua)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path toward the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Robert Bardua)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)
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(03/14/2018) -- The B-17F Memphis Belle moves along the tow path into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush)

(01/30/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing tail guns on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing tail guns on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/30/2018) --  Museum restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the tail guns for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the tail guns for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/30/2018) --  Museum restoration specialists Roger Brigner and Brian Lindamood install the tail guns for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Roger Brigner and Brian Lindamood install the tail guns for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/30/2018) --  Museum restoration specialists Roger Brigner and Brian Lindamood install the tail guns for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Roger Brigner and Brian Lindamood install the tail guns for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Dave Robb installs oxygen tanks in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Dave Robb installs oxygen tanks in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- A view of the Memphis Belle Ball Turret during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- A view of the Memphis Belle Ball Turret during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Dave Robb works on an oxygen tank in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Dave Robb works on an oxygen tank in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- A view of the bomb bay in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle during the restoration process. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook works in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Brian Lindamood and Casey Simmons working on bomb bay parts for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/07/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Brian Lindamood and Casey Simmons working on bomb bay parts for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chase Meredith attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chase Meredith attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Jason Davis attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Jason Davis attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Brian Lindamood and Jason Davis attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Brian Lindamood and Jason Davis attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the bomb sight mount in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the bomb sight mount in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- View of the .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- View of the .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chase Meredith attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chase Meredith attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Jeremy Gallogly works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Jeremy Gallogly works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Duane Jones works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Duane Jones works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook inspects .50 cal ammo for display in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook inspects .50 cal ammo for display in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Chase Meredith attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the bomb sight mount in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Roger Brigner works on the bomb sight mount in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chase Meredith attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chase Meredith attaches bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/06/2018) -- Museum restoration crews attach bomb bay doors of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Duane Jones works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Duane Jones works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Jeremy Gallogly works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Jeremy Gallogly works in the nose of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- View of the .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- View of the .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the radio room of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons test fits the wheel covers on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook inspects .50 cal ammo for display in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/01/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Chad Vanhook inspects .50 cal ammo for display in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Nick Almeter and Casey Simmons install a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons installs a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons installs a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons installs a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons installs a bomb sight in the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- View of a .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- View of a .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- A view of a bomb rack for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- A view of a bomb rack for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(01/30/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing tail guns on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(01/30/2018) -- National Museum of the U.S. Air Force restoration crews installing tail guns on the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Brian Lindamood works on the bomb racks for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(03/09/2018) -- View of a .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(03/09/2018) -- View of a .50 Caliber Machine Gun in the left waist gun position of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the wheel covers for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons works on the wheel covers for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the wheel covers for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the wheel covers for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Brian Lindamood work on the bomb racks for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Jason Davis and Brian Lindamood work on the bomb racks for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the wheel covers for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialist Casey Simmons paints the wheel covers for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Chad Vanhook and Roger Brigner work on ball turret components for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)
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(02/22/2018) -- Museum restoration specialists Chad Vanhook and Roger Brigner work on ball turret components for the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. (U.S. Air Force photo by Ken LaRock)

Capt. Robert Morgan, Memphis Belle pilot, thanking his ground crew.  (l to r) Cpl Oliver Champion, SSgt Max Armstrong, Sgt Ware Lipscomb, Sgt Leonard Sowers, Sgt Charles Blauser, Sgt Robert Walters, and crew chief MSgt Joseph Giambrone
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Capt. Robert Morgan, Memphis Belle pilot, thanking his ground crew. (l to r) Cpl Oliver Champion, SSgt Max Armstrong, Sgt Ware Lipscomb, Sgt Leonard Sowers, Sgt Charles Blauser, Sgt Robert Walters, and crew chief MSgt Joseph Giambrone

Memphis Belle crew on the war bond tour.
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Memphis Belle crew on the war bond tour.

Memphis Belle at one of the war bond tour stops.
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Memphis Belle at one of the war bond tour stops.

Maj Wyler (fourth from right) with some of the Memphis Belle crew.  Wyler flew two of his five combat missions on the Memphis Belle, including the crew’s 25th mission.  This photograph was taken after that mission—crew chief MSgt Joseph Giambrone is painting on the 25th bomb.
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Maj Wyler (fourth from right) with some of the Memphis Belle crew. Wyler flew two of his five combat missions on the Memphis Belle, including the crew’s 25th mission. This photograph was taken after that mission—crew chief MSgt Joseph Giambrone is painting on the 25th bomb.

Capt. Robert Morgan (left) shaking hands with Gen Jacob Devers (right), commander of US forces in Europe, before the crew returned to the US.
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Capt. Robert Morgan (left) shaking hands with Gen. Jacob Devers (right), commander of US forces in Europe, before the crew returned to the US.


Memphis Belle

 

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress flew in every combat zone during World War II, but its most significant service was over Europe.  Along with the B-24 Liberator, the B-17 formed the backbone of the USAAF strategic bombing force, and it helped win the war by crippling Germany’s war industry. 


The B-17’s design emphasized high altitude flight, speed, and heavy defensive armament in order to survive enemy defenses.  Advanced turbosupercharged engines allowed it to fly up to about 30,000 feet with a combat load, while powered turrets and flexible guns covered all areas around the aircraft.

Although the B-17 prototype flew in 1935, only a relatively small number of B-17s were in service when the US entered the war in 1941.  Production quickly increased, and three companies—Boeing, Lockheed-Vega, and Douglas—mass-produced Flying Fortresses by the thousands. 

The B-17F was the fastest model and the primary heavy bomber early in the strategic bombing campaign.  The later B-17G had a nose turret for better frontal defense, and it was also the most numerous, representing about two thirds of all B-17s made.  By the end of production in May 1945, more than 12,700 B-17s had been built. 

The aircraft on display, the famed B-17F Memphis Belle, became the first heavy bomber to return to the US after flying 25 missions over Europe.  The Memphis Belle, which had been on loan from the Air Force to the city of Memphis, was relocated to the Museum in 2005, and after years of meticulous restoration, it was placed on public display in May 2018.

 
  

TECHNICAL NOTES:

Crew: 10

Armament: Up to thirteen .50-cal machine guns and 8,000 lbs of bombs

Engines: Four 1,200 hp Wright R-1820-97 turbosupercharged radials

Maximum speed: 325 mph

Range: 2,800 miles

Combat radius: 600+ miles

Maximum ceiling: 37,500 ft

Empty weight: 35,728 lbs

Maximum gross weight: 48,720 lbs



 Related Fact Sheets

The Memphis Belle: American Icon and 25th Mission

Memphis Belle Crew

The “Memphis Belle” and Nose Art

26th Mission: War Bond Tour

Memphis Belle: A Story of a Flying Fortress”

Heavy Bomber “Firsts”

Combat Aircraft to Museum Artifact

 

Crippling the Nazi War Machine: USAAF Strategic Bombing in Europe

Enabling Technologies

Key Leaders

Early Operations (1942 to mid-1943) - Eighth Air Force in England

Ninth/Twelfth Air Forces in the Mediterranean

Combat Box/Communication and Life at 25K

Keeping them Flying: Mechanics and Armorers

Combined Bomber Offensive: Summer 1943 to Victory

Bigger Raids, Bigger Losses, and Crisis

Deadly Skies over Europe (Luftwaffe defense)

Bomber Crew Protection

Operation Tidalwave (Ploesti, 1 Aug 43)

Regensburg/Schweinfurt (17 Aug 43)

Black Thursday/Schweinfurt (14 Oct 43)

Fifteenth Air Force (created Sep 43)

Gunners

Women’s Army Corps

Fighter Escort: Little Friends

Big Week (20-25 Feb 44)

Target Berlin

Operation Frantic: Shuttle Raids to the Soviet Union

Blind Bombing

D-Day Support

Strategic Bombing Victorious

Epilogue

 


 

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