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Historic WW II aircraft to offer flights in Thomasville

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The Memphis Belle painted on the B-17 aircraft from World War II The Memphis Belle painted on the B-17 aircraft from World War II
Jon Eads, Memphis Belle Mechanic Jon Eads, Memphis Belle Mechanic
The flight deck of the Memphis Belle The flight deck of the Memphis Belle
The Memphis Belle, also called "The Flying Fortress", a B-17 from World War II The Memphis Belle, also called "The Flying Fortress", a B-17 from World War II
One section in the B-17 where crew members sat, and a path way toward the front toward navigation, and the flight deck One section in the B-17 where crew members sat, and a path way toward the front toward navigation, and the flight deck
THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) -

A flying piece of American history touring the country will be making a special stop in Thomasville this weekend.

The Memphis Belle, a World War II bomber featured in a Hollywood movie, will be available for public flights on Saturday and Sunday in the Thomasville Regional Airport.

The aircraft is celebrating the 70th anniversary of it's historic last mission, and is part of the Liberty Foundation's "salute to Veterans" tour to share what it was like for the men and women who served the nation during the largest war in the 20th century. 

"You want to get just a small feeling of what they were going through on the airplane, you come our, you fly.  The aircraft is just like it would have been during the war.  Very breezy.  Temperatures inside when we're flying is only gonna be what the temperature is here on the ground," said Jon Eads, Memphis Belle Mechanic.

Eads said the aircraft is one of ten flyable Memphis Belles in the United States, but only five still tour the nation and go to air shows.  He said flying the plane keeps the aircraft operational.

The original Memphis Belle is being restored by the Air Force in Dayton, Ohio.  Eads said a handful of others also undergoing restoration may be completed within the next two years.

Tickets are now on sale for air tours.  Ground tours will also be available at no charge, and an aviation veteran will come out to share stories of his time in the service while the aircraft is in town. 

Call (918)340-0243 to reserve a seat on the Belle, or visit www.libertyfoundation.org for more information on the tours and a list of scheduled stops as it makes continues its journey across the nation.  

 

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