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Restored World War II bomber flies into Hillsboro

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HILLSBORO, OR (KPTV) -

A restored World War II B-17 bomber flew over the Portland metro area Monday and landed in Hillsboro as a piece of living history.

The Liberty Foundation is currently touring the B-17F Flying Fortress used in the 1992 movie, Memphis Belle.

The aircraft is finished in olive drab and gray paint. It carries the markings of the 91st Bombing Group B-17 from the film of the same name based on the World War II plane that flew from Bassingbourn under the command of Capt. Robert Morgan.

It was the first Eighth Air Force heavy bomber plane and crew to complete 25 combat missions out of England.

It arrived at the Hillsboro Aviation Monday as part of the Liberty Foundation's 2013 Salute to Veterans Tour.

One local veteran said he flew similar planes during the war. He got back inside the bomber for another flight Monday.

"You can't imagine the feeling you get, and of course, B-17's are like Harley Davidsons. They have a distinctive sound," said Charles Gallagher.

The aircraft will take off again in Hillsboro this weekend, Saturday and Sunday. The Memphis Belle usually flies between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day, with ground tours after the flights.

For more details, go to www.libertyfoundation.org.

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