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  • ReHeat Freak
    Senior Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 101

    Making of Memphis Belle

    Hi,

    Just watching Memphis Belle on channel 5 (first Iron Eagle and now this :-) ) anyway I was wondering, any one know when the film was made, where it was shot, wht aircraft were used both flying and static??

    James Scott
  • FURY
    Member
    • Jan 2000
    • 50

    #2
    RE: Making of Memphis Belle

    Memphis Belle was made in the summer of 89 mainly at RAF Binbrook, but a lot of flying was done from Duxford also, and that is where I saw the filming with all five B17s and the B25 camera ship on Wednesday 12th July 89.

    The B17s used were:-
    B17F ,42-29782, N17W, Bob Richardson.
    B17G ,44-8846, F-AZDX , Forteresse Toujours Volante Association.
    B17G ,44-83546, N3703G ,David Tallichet.
    B17G ,44-85643, F-BEEA ,Institut Geographique National.
    B17G ,44-85784, G-BEDF, B17 Preservation Ltd.

    ***85643 was destroyed during filming at Binbrook.

    The B25 Camera ship was:-
    B25J, 44-30823, N1042B, Aces High Ltd.

    The seven P51s were:-
    P51D, 44-72216, G-BIXL, Robs Lamplough.
    P51D, 44-72773, G-SUSY, Charles Church.
    P51D, 44-73140, N314BG, Warbirds Of Great Britain.
    P51D, 44-73149, N6340T, The Fighter Collection.
    P51D, 44-73877, N167F, Scandinavian Historic Flight.
    P51D, 45-11371, N1051S, Myrick Aviation.
    CA-18 Mk22, A68-192, G-HAEC, Old Flying Machine Company.

    ***73140 and 11371 were not painted in olive drab and only used in long shots.
    ***11371 has since been destroyed.

    The three Hispano HA-1112-M1L Buchons were:-
    C4K-107, G-BOML, Old Flying Machine Company.
    C4K-172, G-HUNN, Chales Church.
    C4K-40?, D-FEHD, Hans Dittes.

    ***G-BOML has since crashed killing Mark Hanna.
    ***D-FEHD has since been converted to a Bf 109G-10 with a DB605.














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    • SteveYoung
      Senior Member
      • Jan 2000
      • 3867

      #3
      RE: Making of Memphis Belle

      Blimey. Answers don't get much more comprehensive than that!

      This has brought back some great memories; I went to both Duxford and Binbrook during that summer, and managed to get a shot of all five B17's flying. Admittedly it's not a formation shot of all five, it's three in a close vic and the other two about a mile away in the background, but it's five B17's in the air together. I doubt if I'll ever see that sight again, but I'll have a dig around at home and see if I can find the photo to post on here.

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      • SteveYoung
        Senior Member
        • Jan 2000
        • 3867

        #4
        RE: Making of Memphis Belle

        Sorry, forgot to ask... anyone know what became of G-HUNN?

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        • whalebone
          Hanging by a thread
          • Jan 2000
          • 1010

          #5
          RE: Making of Memphis Belle

          The last I heard G-HUNN was being operated by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Texas. Regards, Phil.A.
          I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."

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          • Ant.H
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Jan 2000
            • 3057

            #6
            RE: Making of Memphis Belle

            Unfortunatelly,G-HUNN is not currently flying with the Cavanaugh museum.It was modified a few years ago to look like a Bf109E,with clipped wing tips and a Daimler-Benz 601(allegedly in working order).The problem is that the Buchon has lower ground clearence than a 'real' Bf109,so any attempt to actually fly the aircraft would result in the prop blades striking the ground when the aircraft rotates.Ooops!
            "Talking about airplanes is a very pleasant mental disease." Sergei Sikorsky

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            • ReHeat Freak
              Senior Member
              • Jan 2000
              • 101

              #7
              RE: Making of Memphis Belle

              Thanks to all that replied.

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