Memphis Belle Unveiled, Warbirds Fly In At USAF Museum [Video]

Yesterday, the newly restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” was unveiled in a private ceremony at the USAF Museum in Dayton.

Today’s exhibit opening occurs on the 75th anniversary of the machine’s 25th and final mission, after which it returned to the US and toured the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. Described as “a national aviation treasure and widely recognized symbol of American bravery and heroism during WWII,” the new permanent, public display in the collection’s WW2 gallery reportedly includes interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

The opening also saw the arrival of B-17s, P-51s and a trainer which will be on public display until 3:30 today, with a shuttle bus service bringing visitors to the display area. The aircraft are expected to depart around 5pm (UPDATE: The aircraft departed around 2:45 due to weather concerns).

Click below to check out videos of the Memphis Belle’s unveiling as well as an overview of its restoration, warbird arrivals, and an interview with Robert K. Morgan, son of the Belle’s primary pilot during WW2.

Memphis Belle Revealed

The B-17F Memphis Belle has been revealed! The aircraft has been restored to look as it did following the completion of its 25th mission, prior to going on the War Bond Tour. Public opening on the 17th. More info at #MemphisBelle #WWII

Posted by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, May 16, 2018


May 16th Dayton Ohio Unveiling of the Memphis Belle. Tomorrow is the 75th anniversary of its 25th bombing mission.

Posted by Mid America Flight Museum on Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Robert K. Morgan

Comment from Robert K. Morgan during the private unveiling ceremony of the museum's new exhibit. His father was the primary pilot on the B-17F Memphis Belle during WWII, Capt. Robert K. Morgan. #MemphisBelle

Posted by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Wednesday, May 16, 2018


Aircraft on Display at NMUSAF

Due to incoming weather the WWII aircraft departed today around 2:45pm. Visit the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force page tomorrow for information on Friday's flyover. #MemphisBelle

Posted by Wright-Patterson AFB on Thursday, May 17, 2018


Posted by National Museum of the U.S. Air Force on Thursday, May 17, 2018

Click here to check out the complete schedule of unveiling events.

(via USAF Museum, AirForceTV, Mid-America Flight Museum, Wright-Patterson AFB and U.S. Dept of Defense Photo: U.S. Air Force by Ken LaRock)