In the nose aboard the B-17 Flying Fortress Memphis Belle Hartford and the Connecticut River sweep below as the aircraft makes a slow turn to Brainard Airport in Hartford. The Liberty Foundation, a non-profit operator of the aircraft, offers rides to help maintain the plane. Flights from Brainard Airport are available Saturday and Sunday, August 17-18 for $450.
Ken Johnson, 87, a former tail gunner in a B-17 Flying Fortress sits behind the co-pilot during a short flight aboard the Memphis Belle, a World War II bomber that saw service in Europe. For Johnson, the war ended just after he compteted training. He lives in Newtown.
Ken Johnson holds a picture taken of him and his crew in front of the aircraft he trained in before the war ended.
The B-17 Flying Fortress “Movie Memphis Belle” is parked at Brainard Airport in Hartford during a visit to the city Monday.
The B-17 Flying Fortress “Movie Memphis Belle” attracts attention while parked at Brainard Airport in Hartford during a visit to the city Monday.