In 1954 this aircraft was placed in storage at Davis-Monthan AFB and was released for disposal in April 1959. It was purchased by National Metals Co. of Phoenix, Arizona and then sold to Fast Way Air of Long Beach, California. It then became N3703G on the US civil register. In 1960 she was converted to a water bomber and operated as Tanker 78. In 1978 the plane was sold to TBM Inc. of Tulare, California who continued to operate her as a tanker until the late 1970s.
It was purchased by the Military Aircraft Restoration Corporation (MARC) in 1982 and was restored to resemble a B-17F. In 1989 she crossed the Atlantic with another B-17 to participate in the filming of the movie Memphis Belle in England. Since returning, it has worn the "Memphis Belle" markings and nose art.
The movie version of the B-17 Memphis Belle has undergone a repainting project.
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