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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

WWII B-17 bomber takes flight over Phoenix!

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    The B-17 "Memphis Belle" is one of only 14 B-17s that still fly today.

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    Dubbed the "Flying Fortress," her fire power saw action in every theater of operation during WWII.

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    There were 12,732 B-17s produced between 1935-45. 4,735 were lost in combat. After WWII, some planes saw action in Korea, Israel and Vietnam.

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    The particular B-17, "Memphis Belle," did not see combat and was built around the end of WWII.

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    A typical B-17 Mission often lasted over 8 hours. They dropped 640,036 tons of bombs on European targets during daytime raids.

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    This plane was used in the filming of the "Memphis Belle" movie in 1989.

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    With its 13 .50-caliber machine guns, Chin top, ball and tail turrets; waist and check guns, the B-17 was a plane that earned the respect of its combatants.

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