Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Innkeeper's Dad Takes Flight! #Savannah Gets Visit from #WWII B-17 "Memphis Belle".

SAVANNAH Georgia (November 6, 2013) -- Mid-October innkeeper Jackie Heinz's father took flight on the "Movie" 'Memphis Belle', the B-17 Flying Fortress hired for use in the filming of the Memphis Belle movie in England.

Our innkeeper's dad took flight on "Memphis Belle"
The legendary B-17 was on a short Savannah visit.
On board also was a 90-year-old WWII veteran.
"When I heard the news that 'Memphis Belle' was offering a small number of flights while on tour in Savannah, I conspired with my mother to get my dad on board. During his Air Force career Dad provided maintenance on the B-17s as well as small jets. I was confident he would love this early Christmas present, and he did!"

It was a week when the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force welcomed the 100th Bomb Group, HBO and Playstone Pictures. Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and HBO are producing a new television series about the Mighty Eighth Air Force.

Bill Hackworth thought that he, his wife June and Jackie were only going for a look at "Memphis Belle", located on the flight line near the Mighty Eighth Museum. But, Jackie had purchased a seat for him to enjoy the memorable flight. Sheer joy explodes from the daughter who pleased her dad.

Ninety-year-old veteran disembarks "The Movie
'Memphis Belle'", on tour in Savannah, Georgia USA.
"The flight was a real hit. What even made it more special is the old veteran in his 90’s there that took the same flight as my dad. It was really hard for him to get on board but with some help he made it. He had flown 35 missions during World War II as a navigator in a B-17 just like the "Memphis Belle". They actually put him in his old position for the ride. How cool was that?! When he got off the plane from his flight everyone cheered and clapped for him. It was really quite moving."

October 16, 2013 was an extraordinary flashback day, made a reality for Bill Hackworth. 

"Built by the Boeing Aircraft Company, the Memphis Belle was sent into active duty at the 8th Air Force in England under the command of Captain Robert Morgan. She flew from 7 November, 1942 to 17 May, 1943, during which time she became famous for being not only the first heavy bomber during World War II to complete 25 missions but also the bomber that kept her entire crew alive...." -- Source: Liberty Foundation
This day is so typical of extraordinary experiences in Savannah -- bringing history forward, making every day special! You're invited for a #Savannah visit -- even a short trip. Of course, we would love for you to stay at Zeigler House Inn, an extraordinary bed and breakfast inn (ca. 1858) situated under the Live Oaks along legendary Jones Street.
"There were a total of 12,732 B-17's that were produced between 1935 and May 1945. Of these 4,735 were lost in combat. Following WWII, the B-17 saw service in three more wars. B-17's were used in Korea, Israel used them in the war of 1948 and they were even used during Vietnam." -- Source:  
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