The historic Memphis Belle remains on display at the Smyrna Airport in Rutherford County during a 50-city tour across the country.
The B-17 is in Mid-State thanks to the Liberty Foundation, which allows the public to experience a living museum in person by riding, touching and experiencing a piece of history in real life.
“We're going to go coast to coast to visit 50 cities, and basically meet as many folks as we can,” Scott Maher with the Liberty Foundation said. “It's a very simple airplane, with very simple systems. We tour the country today to honor aviation history and our veterans and show younger generations the high cost of freedom.”
Attendees can take a flight on the Memphis Belle from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m.
The cost is $450 per person and is tax deductible.
Ground tours will be available beginning at 3:30 p.m. and continuing through sunset. Donations will be accepted.
“You'll see everything inside that was original when it came out of factory. You will see all the guns and the bomb sites. It's truly hands on history,” Maher said.
The Memphis Belle is one of only eight remaining B-17 which are still flying and was the actual airplane used to make the 1990 movie “Memphis Belle.”
- June 14, 2012: Memphis Belle takes flight over Smyrna