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WWII 'Memphis Belle' B-17 to be displayed at National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

January 28, 2017 (Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images)
DAYTON, Ohio — Officials say a famous World War II aircraft will be on public display next year at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton after more than a decade of restoration.

Museum curator Jeff Duford says the Memphis Belle, an Army Air Forces B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, will be unveiled on May 17, 2018. That date will be the 75th anniversary of the crew's 25th mission over Europe.

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A replica of the B-17 "Memphis Belle" on display on Sept. 1, 2014, in Roanoke, Va. The original "Memphis Belle" is scheduled to be on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force next year after more than a decade of restoration.
Photo Credit: Mark Wilson/Getty Images

The aircraft will be the centerpiece of a large-scale exhibit on strategic bombing in the World War II gallery. A museum spokesman says a B-17 will be moved out and eventually transported to the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum in Washington D.C.

Work to restore the Memphis Belle has been underway since 2005.

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