Aircraft flyovers and visits happen regularly at the Air Force Museum

These 5 times Dayton saw one-of-a-kind planes up close were truly special

The Dayton Air Show, which returns to the area this weekend, is another showcase that brings unique aircraft to the region.

Here’s a sampling of some of the most impressive planes that have been live in the area:

Memphis Belle 

PHOTOS: Flying events big part of Air Force Museum events

World War II era aircraft including three B-17 bombers and 5 P-51 Mustangs flew over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday as part of the festivities included in the opening of the Memphis Belle exhibit. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

To sweeten the opening of the Memphis Belle exhibit, the museum included three B-17 Flying Fortresses, five P-51 Mustangs and a PT-19 trainer aircraft that made flyovers of the museum grounds. Several of the World War II era aircraft also landed for public display during the four-day, 70th anniversary celebration of Memphis Belle’s 25-mission completion in Europe. Spectators were also treated to the sight of Air Force One making practice approaches to Wright-Patterson Air Force Base during the WW II flyovers. 

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Dawn Patrol

The Dawn Patrol Rendezvous, taking place at the National Museum of the United State Air Force, includes flying aircraft, radio model airplanes, reenactors,, an air show and food vendors. The event runs through Sunday and is free. This plane is a Nieuport 11.
Photo: Ron Alvey/Ron Alvey

Every other year in September, replicas and authentic models of the earliest of combat aircraft visit the museum for the World War I Dawn Patrol Rendezvous. This year marks the last year of the World War I Centenary, 2018. Living history reenactors, period vehicles, and radio controlled aircraft are all part of the weekend event taking place this year on September 22 and 23. 

CV-22

The Green Hornets held a reunion at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force and were joined by a current Air Force CV-22 and crew serving with the Green Hornets at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico. TY GREENLEES / STAFF
Photo: Ty Greenlees

In 2016, Air Force pilots landed a CV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor aircraft in the front yard of the museum. The Osprey, from a current Green Hornets squadron at Cannon Air Force Base, New Mexico, arrived to celebrate the opening of Vietnam War Green Hornets display with Veterans who took part in a rescue operation. Museum visitors were allowed to tour the tiltrotor Osprey. 

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Doolittle Raiders

The crew members pose in front of the 11 World War II era B-25s that landed at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Monday, April 17, 2017, to mark the 75th anniversary of the historic Doolittle Raiders attack against Japan. CHUCK HAMLIN / STAFF
Photo: HANDOUT

A Doolittle Tokyo Raiders memorial service and commemoration took place at the National Museum of the United States Air Force in 2017 which marked the 75th anniversary of the mission. Of the 80 Raiders, Dayton native Lt.Col. Richard E. Cole, 101, the last survivor, attended the festivities along with half-a-dozen B-25 Mitchell bombers like the Raiders flew. 

Guppy Shuttle

The Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer destined for the National Musuem of the United States Air Force was moved from the NASA Super Guppy transport airplane into the museum on Thursday, August 23.--Staff Photo by Ty Greenlees
Photo: Ty Greenlees

One of the strangest-looking aircraft to ever land at the museum also brought one of the most important space artifacts with it in 2012. The Space Shuttle Crew Compartment Trainer (CCT) arrived from Houston aboard NASA’s Super Guppy transport. The nose of the Super Guppy has a large hinge and opened to reveal the plastic-wrapped CCT which eventually became the Space Shuttle exhibit in the Fourth Hangar.

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