Photo Gallery: FOX45 rides along as WWII planes fly over Miami Valley
(WKEF/WRGT) - Aviation and World War II history buffs had their eyes to the sky Wednesday morning across the Miami Valley as a fleet of WWII-era planes took off and did a fly over at the National Museum of the United States Air Force.
The planes included the B-17 used in the 1990 movie, 'The Memphis Belle' and P-51 Mustangs. The planes took off two hours later than scheduled due to the rain and ended up circling over the museum then turning around the flying back to land at Grimes Field in Urbana. The demonstration is all ahead of the highly anticipated opening of the Memphis Belle exhibit at the museum.
WATCH: FOX45 rides along in plane used in Memphis Belle movie as it takes off from Urbana
The planes are taking off from Urbana and flying to the National Museum of the United States Air Force in Riverside. The planes were supposed to be landing at the museum, but due to weather conditions, the planes landed in Urbana after doing a fly over. Thom Richard is the pilot who flew FOX45 inside the B-17 Memphis Belle replica plane that was used in the movie. It's one of nine B-17's that are operational in the United States, he calls it a flying piece of history and said it's tremendously fun to fly, "It's a great priviledge, really honored to be a part of it, I have fun every day, I doing this instead of working."
The demonstration is all to celebrate the unveiling of the Memphis Belle exhibit at the museum. The exhibit officially opens tomorrow where the restored Memphis Belle will be permanently put on display. The B-17F has been in the process of being restored since it arrived at the museum in 2005. When the exhibit opens tomorrow, there will be an official ribbon cutting then WWII reenactors as well as vintage military vehicles on display. The Memphis Belle is one of the best-known, most iconic planes of World War II. The Belle was the first of the U.S. Army Air Force's heavy bombers to return to the United States after completing 25 missions over Europe.
To see the full schedule of events during the exhibit opening, check out this page on the museum's website.