Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Restored Ball Turret back on WWII-era Aircraft

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force B-17 Restoration Team has installed a restored ball turret onto a World War II-era aircraft. The ball turret was revealed during a ceremony on Tuesday.

The ball turret was purchased from the set of the movie "Memphis Belle" and has been under restoration for the last 11 months to transform it from a movie prop into a functioning turret.

The installation was overseen by two groups of the B-17 Restoration Team, an all-volunteer force that has given over 35,000 hours to restore the aircraft.

The Museum's B-17G Flying Fortress arrived in 2009. A donation from the National Air and Space Museum, the Flying Fortress is undergoing a complete restoration to return it to its original combat configuration. When complete, it is anticipated that it will be the only static restoration of a B-17 Flying Fortress in the world with three fully-functioning power turrets.

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