published Sunday, March 3rd, 2013

WWII B-17 Memphis Belle begins national tour in Atlanta

	
People take a look of the B-17 F Memphis Belle during a 2010 Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in this 2010 file photo.
People take a look of the B-17 F Memphis Belle during a 2010 Air Show at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in this 2010 file photo.
Photo by Associated Press /Chattanooga Times Free Press.

ATLANTA — The Memphis Belle, a B-17 Flying Fortress, is in Atlanta this weekend on the first stop of a nationwide tour to raise awareness of the living history of World War II.

The bomber, used in the 1990 film “Memphis Belle,” will be available for tours and flights today from DeKalb-Peachtree Airport, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution (http://bit.ly/YXqGkC ).

This is the plane’s first stop in a 50-city nationwide tour to relive WWII memories with the nation’s dwindling ranks veterans of that war.

There were 12,000 built and only 13 of those are still flying. It was the work horse heavy bomber used against the Axis powers.

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