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B-17 FLYING FORTRESS/44-83546

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Serial #: 44-83546
Construction #:
  32187-DL
Civil Registration:
  N3703G
Model(s):
  B-17G Flying Fortress
  CB-17G Flying Fortress
  VB-17G Flying Fortress
Name: Memphis Belle
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2011

History:
Delivered to USAAF as 44-83546, 19??.
- Stored at Davis-Monthan AFB, Tucson, AZ, October 1954-1959.
National Metals Company, Phoenix, Az, July 31, 1959.
- Registered as N3703G.
Edgar A. Neely/Fast-Way Air Service, Long Beach, CA, September 11, 1959-1967.
- Converted to fire tanker, July 1960.
- Flown as #E75 (Later #E78).
TBM Inc, Tulare, CA, April 25, 1967-1982.
- Flown as tanker #E78, (later #E68, later #68).
David Tallichet/Military Aircraft Restoration Corp, Chino, CA, September 1982-2011.
- Flew in camoflage as 23060/LN-T.
- Loaned to USAFM, March AFB, CA, 1983-1991.
- Restored Chino, CA 1988-1989.
- Flew in movie Memphis Belle as 124485/Memphis Belle.
-- Arriving Duxford, UK, June 20, 1989.
- Flown as 124485/Memphis Belle.
- Damaged in taxy accident (repaired), Fayetteville, NC, November 3, 1995.
- Loaned to American Airpower Museum, Farmingdale, NY, 2000.
- Loaned to 1941 Historic Aircraft Group, Geneseo, NY, circa 2007-2011.
-- Flown as Memphis Belle.

Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Federal Aviation Administration, www.faa.gov, Washington D.C., 2006.
Photo Source(s):
Bill Scheuerman
Linda Carry
Timothy Cox Photography.

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