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B-17 On Display At Smyrna Airport This Weekend, Rides Offered

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SMYRNA, Tenn. - One of about one dozen B-17's still flying today will be on display at the Smyrna Airport this weekend.

The planes saw a lot of action during World War II, and were also used in the Korean War and Vietnam.

Its missions were dangerous as it soared into enemy territory.

"Ten men were on this aircraft. All they had to keep them warm was an electrically heated leather suit," said Keith Youngblood with the Liberty Foundation.

On Saturday and Sunday, the public can go for a ride one of the B-17's that is still in use. It was not used in combat, but it's the same one used in the movie "The Memphis Belle."

Veterans hope it gives participants a new appreciation for their sacrifice.

"I feel we need to get the word out to the folks. It was a serious situation in the late 30's and 40's," said Air Force Pilot Glenn Hale.

Rides in the plane cost $450. Flights begin at 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday at the Smyrna airport with grand tours continuing in the afternoon.

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