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‘It took my breath away’: Memphis Belle unveiled at AF museum
 The reborn Memphis Belle was unveiled Wednesday night before hundreds including the families of crewmen who flew the famed Army Air Forces bomber into history. Under theatrical lighting and uplifted above the ground by three metal poles, the Memphis Belle was surrounded by a strategic bombing exhibit with cases filled with artifacts, many...

Posted: 10 days ago

The reborn Memphis Belle was unveiled Wednesday night before hundreds including the families of crewmen who flew the famed Army Air Forces bomber into history. Under theatrical lighting and uplifted above the ground by three metal poles, the Memphis Belle was surrounded by a strategic bombing exhibit with cases filled with artifacts, many...
B-17s, P-51s fly over Air Force museum in salute to Memphis Belle
 The rumble of World War II planes soared over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday in a tribute to the restoration of the restored icon the B-17F Memphis Belle. Three- B-17 Flying Fortresses and five P-51 Mustangs — flying in from staging airfields at Grimes Field in Urbana and Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami...

Posted: 11 days ago

The rumble of World War II planes soared over the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday in a tribute to the restoration of the restored icon the B-17F Memphis Belle. Three- B-17 Flying Fortresses and five P-51 Mustangs — flying in from staging airfields at Grimes Field in Urbana and Dayton-Wright Brothers Airport in Miami...
Turner urges EPA administrator to release chemical pollution study
 A Dayton congressman has urged the U.S. EPA’s top administrator to publicly release a toxicology study that could recommend lower threshold advisories for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and at military installations across the country. Politico reported Monday the White House and the EPA...

Posted: 11 days ago

A Dayton congressman has urged the U.S. EPA’s top administrator to publicly release a toxicology study that could recommend lower threshold advisories for exposure to chemicals found in groundwater at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base and at military installations across the country. Politico reported Monday the White House and the EPA...
Poor weather conditions cancel landing of B-17s, P-51s
 Poor weather conditions will prevent a dozen World War II planes from landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wednesday.  The arrivals were first delayed by two hours Wednesday morning, but were cancelled just before 10 a.m. The planes however will conduct flyovers during the day as weather permits, according to officials...

Posted: 12 days ago

Poor weather conditions will prevent a dozen World War II planes from landing at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Wednesday.  The arrivals were first delayed by two hours Wednesday morning, but were cancelled just before 10 a.m. The planes however will conduct flyovers during the day as weather permits, according to officials...
New mission: Here’s how restorers spent decades saving the Memphis Belle’s legacy
 For a decade, Casey Simmons has labored on the B-17 Memphis Belle, bending sheet metal to painting nose art on the iconic World War II plane that defined a generation of airmen flying into danger over Europe. Now hidden behind a 16-foot-tall black curtain, on Wednesday it will be unveiled at a private ceremony filled with family members...

Posted: 12 days ago

For a decade, Casey Simmons has labored on the B-17 Memphis Belle, bending sheet metal to painting nose art on the iconic World War II plane that defined a generation of airmen flying into danger over Europe. Now hidden behind a 16-foot-tall black curtain, on Wednesday it will be unveiled at a private ceremony filled with family members...
To hell and back: Legendary WWII bomber brought to life again in Dayton
 James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle. But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored historic...

Posted: 13 days ago

James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle. But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored historic...
Dayton area veterans job and resource fair growing, organizer says
 Veterans Moving Forward, a yearly event for veterans, will stage its first job fair coupled with a returning resource fair at Wright State University on May 23, an organizer says. The event at WSU’s Student Union has some space left for organizations and employers to register, said Cassie Barlow, chairwoman of the Greater Miami Valley...

Posted: 13 days ago

Veterans Moving Forward, a yearly event for veterans, will stage its first job fair coupled with a returning resource fair at Wright State University on May 23, an organizer says. The event at WSU’s Student Union has some space left for organizations and employers to register, said Cassie Barlow, chairwoman of the Greater Miami Valley...
Coroner releases cause of death of 6-year-old Dayton girl killed Friday
 The Montgomery County Coroner’s office ruled Monday that 6-year-old Genae Taste died of multiple blunt force injuries. Her death was also ruled an accident.  A 6-year-old who was killed when she was struck by an SUV on a Dayton street was remembered as an “an angel” who was “full of energy and life,” family...

Posted: 15 days ago

The Montgomery County Coroner’s office ruled Monday that 6-year-old Genae Taste died of multiple blunt force injuries. Her death was also ruled an accident.  A 6-year-old who was killed when she was struck by an SUV on a Dayton street was remembered as an “an angel” who was “full of energy and life,” family...
Police: Pizza delivery driver robbed in Dayton
 A Domino’s Pizza driver was robbed of cash and a car while making an early morning delivery in Dayton, police said. The driver told officers she was preparing to deliver a pizza around 2 a.m. in the 1800 block of Home Avenue when a man opened her car door, pulled her out of the car, stuck a handgun in her face, and demanded cash and...

Posted: 15 days ago

A Domino’s Pizza driver was robbed of cash and a car while making an early morning delivery in Dayton, police said. The driver told officers she was preparing to deliver a pizza around 2 a.m. in the 1800 block of Home Avenue when a man opened her car door, pulled her out of the car, stuck a handgun in her face, and demanded cash and...
Danger up close: 5 memories of the B-17 Memphis Belle and the men on the missions
 James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle.  But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored...

Posted: 15 days ago

James Verinis’s children never met their grandfather, Jim Verinis, a co-pilot on the iconic World War II B-17 Memphis Belle.  But this week, they will connect with an important part of family and American history as thousands from around the world visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force for the roll out of the restored...
Iconic Memphis Belle’s debut in Dayton: Everything you need to know 
 Seventy-five years to the day the B-17 Memphis Belle finished its final mission over Europe, the iconic World War II bomber that starred in two Hollywood films will be rolled out to the public Thursday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Memphis Belle gained fame as the first U.S. heavy bomber to fly 25 perilous missions over...

Posted: 16 days ago

Seventy-five years to the day the B-17 Memphis Belle finished its final mission over Europe, the iconic World War II bomber that starred in two Hollywood films will be rolled out to the public Thursday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. The Memphis Belle gained fame as the first U.S. heavy bomber to fly 25 perilous missions over...
Massive NASIC project could be one of largest in Wright Patt history
 A massive $182 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center will be one of the largest in Wright-Patterson history and could be sped up in a pending defense authorization bill, a legislative analyst says. The new building would be funded at one time instead of broken into two stages. The Air Force had initially asked...

Posted: 17 days ago

A massive $182 million expansion of the National Air and Space Intelligence Center will be one of the largest in Wright-Patterson history and could be sped up in a pending defense authorization bill, a legislative analyst says. The new building would be funded at one time instead of broken into two stages. The Air Force had initially asked...
Air Force Marathon names new leader
 The Air Force Marathon, which draws thousands around the globe to the Miami Valley, has a new director. Brandon Hough, a former Air Force officer once assigned to Wright-Patterson and who started his own running company, will lead the event that brings thousands of runners to the area every September. The series of races — a 5K, 10K...

Posted: 17 days ago

The Air Force Marathon, which draws thousands around the globe to the Miami Valley, has a new director. Brandon Hough, a former Air Force officer once assigned to Wright-Patterson and who started his own running company, will lead the event that brings thousands of runners to the area every September. The series of races — a 5K, 10K...
Air Force orders safety review as deadly crashes rise
 The Air Force’s top general has ordered a one-day safety stand down for flying and maintenance units after a sharp rise in accidents in recent months. The Air Force Reserve’s 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson, which flies nine C-17 Globemaster III troop and cargo jets on missions around the world, will review safety issues...

Posted: 18 days ago

The Air Force’s top general has ordered a one-day safety stand down for flying and maintenance units after a sharp rise in accidents in recent months. The Air Force Reserve’s 445th Airlift Wing at Wright-Patterson, which flies nine C-17 Globemaster III troop and cargo jets on missions around the world, will review safety issues...
Need a way in? AF museum will open extra gate for Memphis Belle gala
 Spectators looking for a way to see the B-17F Memphis Belle will have an extra way in to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gate 24B off Harshman Road near the U.S. Army Reserve Center will be open to inbound traffic only starting at 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19. Those driving southbound on Harshman, and coaches, buses...

Posted: 19 days ago

Spectators looking for a way to see the B-17F Memphis Belle will have an extra way in to the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force. Gate 24B off Harshman Road near the U.S. Army Reserve Center will be open to inbound traffic only starting at 8 a.m. Thursday through Saturday, May 17-19. Those driving southbound on Harshman, and coaches, buses...
Ohio Army National Guardsmen to return home after defense mission
 Ohio Army National Guard soldiers will return home after a nearly year-long deployment as part of the Columbus-based 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the service branch says. Thirty-five soldiers will have a public homecoming ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road in Reynoldsburg...

Posted: 20 days ago

Ohio Army National Guard soldiers will return home after a nearly year-long deployment as part of the Columbus-based 174th Air Defense Artillery Brigade, the service branch says. Thirty-five soldiers will have a public homecoming ceremony at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 8 at the Reynoldsburg United Methodist Church, 1636 Graham Road in Reynoldsburg...
With ‘regrets,’ Queen Elizabeth will miss Memphis Belle unveiling in Dayton
 The rumor is only partly true. Queen Elizabeth II was invited to see the unveiling of the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, but she’ll attend a royal wedding in the United Kingdom instead. An unnamed British citizen invited the queen to Dayton, but Buckingham Palace sent its regrets the royal family...

Posted: 22 days ago

The rumor is only partly true. Queen Elizabeth II was invited to see the unveiling of the iconic B-17 Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, but she’ll attend a royal wedding in the United Kingdom instead. An unnamed British citizen invited the queen to Dayton, but Buckingham Palace sent its regrets the royal family...
Pentagon halts sales of two Chinese companies cellphones on bases
 The Pentagon has directed military exchanges at bases like Wright-Patterson to stop selling smart phones from two Chinese-companies because of security concerns. Military exchanges have ceased sales of Huawei Technologies Corp. and ZTE Corp. cell phones, personal mobile internet modems and related electronic products from the two companies...

Posted: 24 days ago

The Pentagon has directed military exchanges at bases like Wright-Patterson to stop selling smart phones from two Chinese-companies because of security concerns. Military exchanges have ceased sales of Huawei Technologies Corp. and ZTE Corp. cell phones, personal mobile internet modems and related electronic products from the two companies...
One-of-a-kind flying hospital to land at Dayton Air Show
 A one-of-a-kind flying hospital will make a rare appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next month. The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital will fly to Dayton from Barbados and spectators will be able to tour the airplane, which has an operating, recovery room and a classroom, organizers said. It’s the first trip the organization...

Posted: 24 days ago

A one-of-a-kind flying hospital will make a rare appearance at the Vectren Dayton Air Show next month. The Orbis International MD-10 Flying Eye Hospital will fly to Dayton from Barbados and spectators will be able to tour the airplane, which has an operating, recovery room and a classroom, organizers said. It’s the first trip the organization...
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