Two B-17G Flying Fortresses and more than 130 reenactors are scheduled to take part in the opening events for the B-17F Memphis Belle™ exhibit at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, May 17-19, 2018.
The B-17F Memphis Belle – the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to return to the United States after completing 25 combat missions over occupied Europe – and surrounding strategic bombardment exhibit will be unveiled to the public following a ribbon cutting ceremony on the morning of May 17 – exactly 75 years after its crew finished their last mission in the war against Nazi Germany on May 17, 1943.
To help celebrate the new exhibit, plans call for B-17G Yankee Lady, from the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, MI, and B-17G Aluminum Overcast, from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) in Oshkosh, WI, to land at the museum on May 16 at approximately 9 a.m. The aircraft will then be available for viewing on static display May 17-18 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. On May 18 at approximately 4:30 p.m., visitors in the museum’s Memorial Park may view the aircraft as they take-off and depart the grounds. – National Museum of the US Air Force
Featured image of The B-17F Memphis Belle posing for photos before moving into the WWII Gallery at the National Museum of the United States Air Force on March 14, 2018. Plans call for the aircraft to be placed on permanent public display in the WWII Gallery here at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on May 17, 2018. U.S. Air Force photo by Kevin Lush