JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- If you look to the Jacksonville skies November 3 and 4 and see a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress it isn't a figment of your imagination. The movie "Memphis Belle," a restored B-17 will be on the First Coast as part of its first national tour.
Originally tasked with conducting bombing runs during WWII, the Memphis Belle's job now is to educate Americans about the war and to remember the aircrew members who never made it home.
The Memphis Belle has been converted into a living museum. Instead of having to look at a picture of a Flying Fortress in a history book you can walk around, touch and fly in a restored B-17.
During the Belle's visit to Cecil Field you will be able to book a seat to fly aboard the Fortress. The plane can hold up to nine people on a flight. During takeoff and landing are the only times you are confined to a seat. While in the air people are able to get up and walk around the aircraft and visit the cockpit, glass nose and other crew positions to get a full feel of what it was like to be aboard a B-17. The flights also include a history lesson.
In order to fly aboard the Flying Fortress you will need to make a reservation. To do so, visit the website for the organization bringing the Memphis Belle to Jacksonville, the Liberty Foundation at www.libertyfoundation.org.
First Coast News