A week of B-17 events begin in area


Gathering of B-17 leads to unveiling of historic Memphis Belle

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Dan and, Janice Dana Ehrlich, along with Paul Bellamy, Andy Swinnen, and Greg Schafer, l-r, chat in front of B-17 <em>Champaign Lady</em> at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gather of B-17s event in Urbana. The Dana’s father was a waist gunner in a B-17 during World War II. Bellamy, who is from England and Swinnen, who traveled from the Netherlands for the event, are both historians on the 401st Bomb Group, of which Champaign Lady was a part. Schafer is a volunteer for the Champaign Aviation Museum. The events of today lead up to the a reunion of the 401st Bomb Group later this week and the debut of the newly-restored B-17 <em>Memphis Belle</em> at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Dan and, Janice Dana Ehrlich, along with Paul Bellamy, Andy Swinnen, and Greg Schafer, l-r, chat in front of B-17 Champaign Lady at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gather of B-17s event in Urbana. The Dana’s father was a waist gunner in a B-17 during World War II. Bellamy, who is from England and Swinnen, who traveled from the Netherlands for the event, are both historians on the 401st Bomb Group, of which Champaign Lady was a part. Schafer is a volunteer for the Champaign Aviation Museum. The events of today lead up to the a reunion of the 401st Bomb Group later this week and the debut of the newly-restored B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.


Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Memphis Belle crew members perform maintenance on the B-17 as it is being tugged to the Champaign Aviation Museum on Monday. This Memphis Belle is the aircraft that starred in the 1990 feature film of the same name. The real Belle will be unveiled to the public following years of restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.


Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest The movie Memphis Belle takes to the skies at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gathering of B-17s event. The movie Memphis Belle starred in the 1990 feature film bio-pic story of the real Memphis Belle and her crew. The actual Memphis Belle, fresh from a decade of restoration will be unveiled to the public during ceremonies at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.


Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

Dan and, Janice Dana Ehrlich, along with Paul Bellamy, Andy Swinnen, and Greg Schafer, l-r, chat in front of B-17 Champaign Lady at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gather of B-17s event in Urbana. The Dana’s father was a waist gunner in a B-17 during World War II. Bellamy, who is from England and Swinnen, who traveled from the Netherlands for the event, are both historians on the 401st Bomb Group, of which Champaign Lady was a part. Schafer is a volunteer for the Champaign Aviation Museum. The events of today lead up to the a reunion of the 401st Bomb Group later this week and the debut of the newly-restored B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

Memphis Belle crew members perform maintenance on the B-17 as it is being tugged to the Champaign Aviation Museum on Monday. This Memphis Belle is the aircraft that starred in the 1990 feature film of the same name. The real Belle will be unveiled to the public following years of restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest

The movie Memphis Belle takes to the skies at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gathering of B-17s event. The movie Memphis Belle starred in the 1990 feature film bio-pic story of the real Memphis Belle and her crew. The actual Memphis Belle, fresh from a decade of restoration will be unveiled to the public during ceremonies at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Dan and, Janice Dana Ehrlich, along with Paul Bellamy, Andy Swinnen, and Greg Schafer, l-r, chat in front of B-17 Champaign Lady at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gather of B-17s event in Urbana. The Dana’s father was a waist gunner in a B-17 during World War II. Bellamy, who is from England and Swinnen, who traveled from the Netherlands for the event, are both historians on the 401st Bomb Group, of which Champaign Lady was a part. Schafer is a volunteer for the Champaign Aviation Museum. The events of today lead up to the a reunion of the 401st Bomb Group later this week and the debut of the newly-restored B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2018/05/web1_051418mju_Grimes1_ne2018514221515582-1.jpgMike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Dan and, Janice Dana Ehrlich, along with Paul Bellamy, Andy Swinnen, and Greg Schafer, l-r, chat in front of B-17 Champaign Lady at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gather of B-17s event in Urbana. The Dana’s father was a waist gunner in a B-17 during World War II. Bellamy, who is from England and Swinnen, who traveled from the Netherlands for the event, are both historians on the 401st Bomb Group, of which Champaign Lady was a part. Schafer is a volunteer for the Champaign Aviation Museum. The events of today lead up to the a reunion of the 401st Bomb Group later this week and the debut of the newly-restored B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Memphis Belle crew members perform maintenance on the B-17 as it is being tugged to the Champaign Aviation Museum on Monday. This Memphis Belle is the aircraft that starred in the 1990 feature film of the same name. The real Belle will be unveiled to the public following years of restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2018/05/web1_051418mju_Grimes2_ne2018514221551304-1.jpgMike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest Memphis Belle crew members perform maintenance on the B-17 as it is being tugged to the Champaign Aviation Museum on Monday. This Memphis Belle is the aircraft that starred in the 1990 feature film of the same name. The real Belle will be unveiled to the public following years of restoration at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.

Mike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest The movie Memphis Belle takes to the skies at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gathering of B-17s event. The movie Memphis Belle starred in the 1990 feature film bio-pic story of the real Memphis Belle and her crew. The actual Memphis Belle, fresh from a decade of restoration will be unveiled to the public during ceremonies at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.
http://www.urbanacitizen.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/36/2018/05/web1_051418mju_Grimes3_ne2018514221644762-1.jpgMike Ullery | AIM Media Midwest The movie Memphis Belle takes to the skies at Grimes Air Field on Monday during the first day of The Gathering of B-17s event. The movie Memphis Belle starred in the 1990 feature film bio-pic story of the real Memphis Belle and her crew. The actual Memphis Belle, fresh from a decade of restoration will be unveiled to the public during ceremonies at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on Thursday.
Gathering of B-17 leads to unveiling of historic Memphis Belle

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