Ohio museum restoring famed plane 'Memphis Belle'

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) -- Crews in Ohio are working to restore a famed B-17 bomber from World War II, scraping paint and bending metal to bring back the beauty of the Memphis Belle.

The storied aircraft flew 25 crucial missions over Europe during the war, a rare accomplishment at the time. Now the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton is preparing the plane for display in its World War II Gallery, tentatively scheduled for 2014.

The restoration crews include 20 staff and 64 volunteers, many of whom make new parts by hand. Restorer Duane Jones tells the Dayton Daily News (http://bit.ly/yqGN77 ) he considers it an honor to work on such a famous plane.

The museum says only about 50 of the nearly 13,000 B-17s that were built still exist.


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