Look up: 12 WWII-era aircraft will rumble over Ohio skies this week

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DAYTON, OH (WLWT)  — Keep your eyes to the sky this month, as you could see a piece of history fly overhead.

Twelve World War II-era aircraft will fly over Ohio skies this week, and some in Ohio might be able to catch a glimpse.

It’s all part of a celebration of the Memphis Belle at the National Museum of the United States Air Force near Dayton.

The aircraft will be placed on permanent display at the museum on May 17.

And other WWII-era aircraft will join in the celebration, flying over the museum and portions of southwest Ohio in celebration.

The real Memphis Belle will stay on the ground. But a replica used in the movie will fly overhead, along with two other bombers, six P-51 Mustangs and three WWII-era trainer aircraft.

Plans call for 11 of the WWII-era aircraft to land at the museum on May 16 between 8-9 a.m. One of the planes will continue its flight, and does not plan to land at the museum.

Their exact flight plans are unclear, but it is possible that the historic aircraft could be seen over portions of Ohio.

The Memphis Belle, which has not been on public display since 2002, and surrounding exhibit, along with a new strategic bombardment exhibit, will open to the public on May 17.

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