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  • topgun regect
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Oct 2003
    • 574

    Liberty Belle to be restored

    Sorry if this has been posted earlier but the search function didn't pick up anything.

    Having followed the link to Kermit Weeks facebook page via the WIX link from the DB Lanc FSM thread, I had a nose around some of the photos posted on his 'wall' and it seems Don Brooks' B17 'Liberty Belle' is being restored. They are using the wings and some fuselage bits salvaged from Liberty Belle and parts from a B17 that was recovered from a Canadian river.

    Three photos were posted 2 May this year of the restoration
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...20498696_n.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...27794913_n.jpg
    https://fbcdn-sphotos-a.akamaihd.net...54760540_n.jpg

    Martin
    Once you've tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been and there you long to return
  • David Burke
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 10028

    #2
    The restoration is of the machine that was recovered from a lake in Canada .
    It was substancially intact and effectively was to become a sistership for the unfortunate Liberty Belle . In a strange quirk of fate two B-17's I guess are now becoming one.
    Last edited by David Burke; 13th May 2012, 19:48.

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    • pistonrob
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2011
      • 873

      #3
      out of the ashes to rise again, fantastic
      www.restorebike.co.uk
      www.ezraysnet.co.uk/bhaa
      (aviation archaeology)

      ITS NOT HOW BIG YOUR LENSE IS, ITS WHAT YOU CAN DO WITH IT THAT COUNTS

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      • trumper
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Aug 2003
        • 6724

        #4
        Great news but which ID will it have?

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        • Bruce
          Independent analyst
          • Jan 2000
          • 10225

          #5
          That restoration was underway well before Liberty Belle's accident; it will, I understand use what little was left of LB, which was basically engines and a piece of wing


          Bruce

          PS - Liberty Belle foundation have hired the late David Tallichet's B17G 'Memphis Belle', to continue their work this year.

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          • Mike J
            Senior Member
            • Jan 2000
            • 3241

            #6
            Originally posted by Bruce View Post
            Liberty Belle foundation have hired the late David Tallichet's B17G 'Memphis Belle', to continue their work this year.
            Bruce,

            You mustn't call it that, otherwise you'll confuse and upset the Americans.

            Please refer to it as "The movie Memphis Belle" in future.

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            • hampden98
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Sep 2009
              • 2550

              #7
              Did they find the cause of the fire and will they be incorporating changes to prevent it in the future?

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              • Jayce
                Order of the Bent Pitot
                • Nov 2010
                • 495

                #8
                Yes. I believe they'll be carrying extra fire extinguishers. :diablo:

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