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Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation
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B-17

B-17G Memphis Belle, owned by the Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation of Chino, California. The MARC was formerly known as Yesterday's Airforce. Dave Tallichet collected a number of warbirds to be used in Hollywood movies. He branched out into locating and recovering wrecks of historic planes. Some aircraft, such as the B-26, exist only due to Tallichet's efforts. This aircraft was a spray and water bomber prior to becoming a museum aircraft. It was featured in the 1990 remake of the classic movie The Memphis Belle.

Note that this is not the original Memphis Belle. It is a later model B-17G painted to look like the Belle. The original Memphis Belle was on display in at the waterfront in Memphis for many years, but has now been reclaimed by the USAF Museum in Dayton where it is undergoing a full restoration.

Note—The Memphis Belle will be spending the winter and the 2008 airshow season based out of the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum located in Geneseo, NY. That is the site of the old National Warbird Museum before the Warbird Museum moved to another city.

Update—The Memphis Belle continues to be on display at the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Geneseo, NY, as this was written in 2012. The Belle made an overseas tour this summer, including a visit to the UK. Several folks have posted videos to You Tube showing her in flight over Cambridge on July 4.

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