Can I see the "Memphis Belle"® while it is being restored?Visitors who are interested in seeing the Memphis Belle during the restoration process must sign up for the museum's Behind the Scenes Tours. The tours take place at 12:15 p.m. every Friday and give visitors a look at the museum's restoration hangars. The tour is free, but advanced registration is required. Register online using the link above or call (937) 656-9436.
To see online updates on the Memphis Belle restoration process, please visit the Restoration Projects page or click here to view a photo slide show of the restoration.
I've seen the "Memphis Belle"® at air shows. Is it the original?The original Memphis Belle was on static display in Memphis, Tenn., until October 2005. At that time, it was transported to the museum where it is now undergoing restoration. The B-17 with "Memphis Belle" markings seen at many air shows is not the original aircraft.
When did the "Memphis Belle"® arrive at the museum?The Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle arrived at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in October 2005. It has been undergoing restoration since that time.
When will the "Memphis Belle"® be placed on display?Restoration of the Boeing B-17F Memphis Belle is expected to take 8-10 years. The Memphis Belle will be placed on display after restoration is completed.