Tuesday, March 7, 2006

"Liberty Bell" visits Smyrna

Smyrna will play host to a part of history this weekend. Here's details from WKRN.

A long range bomber which helped Allied forces turn the tide in World War II makes a stop in Smyrna .

The Liberty Belle B-17B was built in August of 1945. It was one of more than 12,000 built and one of just 14 still flying today.

The B-17 was dubbed the "Flying Fortress" as a result of its amount of defensive firepower. The B-17 easily flew beyond the range of escort fighters into enemy territory. The average B-17 mission lasted eight hours.

The Liberty Belle will be at the Smyrna Airport this weekend. Tours of the B-17 will be available Sunday between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m....

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