The Swoose is the only B-17D remaining in existence. It flew in the Pacific theatre during WWII and provided personal transport for General George Brett. The museum acquired it in a swap with the Air & Space Museum a few years ago and will send them their current B-17G "Shoo Shoo Baby" when the Swoose's restoration is complete.
Do I even need to explain the significance of the other B-17 under restoration, the Memphis Belle? It's easily one of the most famous airplanes in aviation history. You've probably seen the movie and know the aircraft's history. It flew 25 combat missions over Europe with the 91st Bomb Group during WWII. Needless to say, it was incredible to stand next to this historic aircraft, to look inside, and to see the restoration in progress.
Replica gas caps being fabricated for the B-17s
Faded artwork on The Swoose
Replica lamp housings for the B-17 cockpits
The Memphis Belle
Names carved into the Belle's fuselage from when she was parked outside in TN
The Belle's wings
Wing root and engine mount
A collection of Wright R-1820 engines
Looking into the Belle through the open nose
The infamous Norden Bomb Sight
Lots of restoration remains but I can't wait until she's on display!
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