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May 5, 2014 at 6:57 PM

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"The Movie" Memphis Belle flies over Seattle


DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The wind blows through the hair of 89-year-old Ted Gary, of Des Moines, as he stands in the open air of a B-17 Flying Fortress as it flies over downtown Seattle May 5, 2014. Gary was a tailgunner on the B-17 "Snell's Snails" in WWII, serving with the 493rd, 861st Squadron based in England. On Monday he had an opportunity to fly a B-17 again as part of the Liberty Foundation's Salute to Veterans, flying aboard "The Movie" Memphis Belle.

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

The B-17 "The Movie" Memphis Belle dips its wing as it circles over downtown Seattle. "The Movie" Memphis Belle refers to the aircraft being done up to resemble the real Memphis Belle. This aircraft starred in the movie of the same name.

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

"The Movie" Memphis Belle, a restored B-17 Flying Fortess, flew out of Renton Municipal Airport carrying media and retired rear gunner Ted Gary as part of the Liberty Foundation's Salute to Veterans Tour.

DEAN RUTZ / THE SEATTLE TIMES

Guy Herndon, a King County Sheriff's deputy with the Air Support Unit, gets a closeup look from the bombardier's point of view aboard "The Movie" Memphis Belle at the Renton Municipal Airport.

The general public is invited to tour the aircraft this Saturday and Sunday at the Renton Airport. Opportunities to take a 30-minute flight may be purchased by calling the Foundation for a reservation: (918) 340-0243.

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