- By Barrie Barber Staff Writer
Two B-17G Flying Fortresses and 130 re-enactors will turn 2018 into World War II when the iconic Memphis Belle debuts at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force this spring.
Memphis Belle, the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 combat missions over Europe and return to the United States, has undergone a years-long renovation in a Wright-Patt hangar. The plane featured in two Hollywood films is set for a public roll out May 17 — 75 years after the B-17’s last wartime mission against Nazi Germany.
Yankee Lady, a B-17 at the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan, and Aluminum Overcast, a B-17 based at the Experimental Aircraft Association in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, will be part of the celebration.
The two planes will be on display from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17-18, weather permitting, the museum said. The bombers are set to land at the museum’s airstrip at 9 a.m. May 16 and take-off about 4:30 p.m. May 18.
Re-enactors will congregate at the museums 8th Air Force Control Tower from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 17-19.
The planes and re-enactors are part of a series of celebratory events for the Memphis Belle debut.