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The 'Movie Memphis Belle' appearing this week at Grimes Field airbase in Urbana, Ohio.
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An assortment of WWII-era planes took to the skies above Dayton Wednesday, as the National Museum of the United States Air Force unveiled its latest exhibit. The show includes the restored B-17 bomber called The Memphis Belle. The infamous plane was the first to complete 25 missions over Europe during the Second World War. The plane and its missions were the subject of a documentary, and a feature film.

The renovated B-17 used in the 1990 film the movie, also called Memphis Belle, was part of the early morning flyover above the museum.

B-17F Memphis Belle over Europe
Dan Patterson Archival Collection

On May 17, the National Museum of the United States Air Force opens an exhibit about the Memphis Belle, a WWII B-17 Flying Fortress.  The exhibit tells the story of the Memphis Belle and her crew, one of the first American bombers to survive 25 missions, at a time when surviving 10 missions was considered lucky.  Aviation commentator Dan Patterso has a few thoughts.

Wright Patterson Air Force Base
Wright-Patterson Air Force Base

A change-of-command ceremony at the National Museum of the United States Air Force Tuesday made official recently announced leadership changes at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base.

Former head of the Air Force Research Laboratory Maj. Gen. Robert McMurry will head up the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center, the department that oversees all aircraft, engines, munitions and electronic systems in the Air Force fleet.

wright-patterson air force base gates
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A new designation will honor Ohio schools that demonstrate commitment to helping students and families connected to the military.

 State officials announced the Purple Star Award for military-friendly schools during an event Tuesday at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force, near Dayton.

An Ohio family handcuffed and held at gunpoint during a 2014 visit to the National Air Force Museum is suing Wright-Patterson Air Force Base security officers alleging civil rights violations.
 
The Dayton Daily News reports Wendy Hill, her mother-in-law and two children updated a March lawsuit on Friday.
 
The suit alleges unreasonable search and seizure and due-process violations. It seeks $75,000 and a jury trial. A separate administrative review is also proceeding.
 

Plan for a fourth building at the Air Force Museum.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force has announced its new hangar will be opening on June 8, 2016.

The hangar, which cost almost $41 million, will house the museum’s Air Force One and an XB-70 Valkyrie, allowing visitors to see these planes without taking a shuttle. Sections of the new building will also be dedicated to space travel, research and education.

According to a press release from the museum, the privately-funded project has been under construction for more than a year and new displays are being moved in now.

 

Air Force Museum A Local Touchstone For Veterans

Dec 30, 2015
Doug Lantry and Jeff Duford at the National Museum of the United States Air Force
Matt Bauer

The National Museum of the United States Air Force is the oldest and largest military aviation museum in the world, and for many local men and women, it holds an enduring significant. Air Force veteran and Wright State student, Matt Bauer of Vandalia, has today’s Veterans’ Voices story.

"Patches" is one of the C-123 cargo planes used to spray Agent Orange. It's now on display at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.
Lewis Wallace / WYSO

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs says it will make an announcement next week about treatment for Air Force reservists who may have been exposed to Agent Orange after Vietnam. Ohio U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown has joined the chorus of voices asking for a policy change.

A C-123 image from an old Air Force training slide.
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A new study finds some Air Force reservists could have been exposed to Agent Orange while flying missions in the U.S. Vets who have been denied benefits claims are hoping the Veterans Administration will change its stance on Agent Orange exposure outside Vietnam, and this independent report by the non-profit Institute of Medicine could help their cause.

 

Plan for a fourth building at the Air Force Museum.
National Museum of the U.S. Air Force

DAYTON, Ohio (AP) — Construction on a new building at the  National Museum of the U.S. Air Force near Dayton will force temporary closure of the museum's Missile and Space Gallery.

The museum says the gallery will be closed for about five months beginning Dec. 8.

Some exterior wall panels of the gallery are being removed to form new entrances for the new building.

The museum's fourth building is scheduled to open to the public in spring 2016. It will be the new home of the museum's presidential aircraft, research and development, space and global reach exhibits.

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