Dayton will have two Memphis Belle’s in its midst soon, one real and the other a Hollywood star.
A B-17 that flew in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle will fly at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next June, just weeks after the real Memphis Belle bomber, which gained fame in World War II, will debut at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
The movie version is part of the collection at the National Warplane Museum in Geneseo, N.Y., and tours the country.
The movie version of the plane will be joined by a Commemorative Air Force red tailed P-51 Mustang, dubbed “Tuskegee Airmen,” which represents the legendary African-American group of fighter pilots who gained fame fighting air battles in Europe during World War II.
“These are two iconic airplanes in World War II and they both have their own story to tell,” said Terry Grevious, Dayton Air Show executive director.
Both planes will fly and be on display during the June 23-24 air show June 23-24 at Dayton International Airport, he said.
The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force will unveil a newly restored Memphis Belle May 17-19 at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. The B-17F was the first to complete 25 wartime missions over Europe and return to the United States.
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