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Historic WW2 Plane On Display In Smyrna

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SMYRNA, Tenn. -- A piece of World War Two history was on display this weekend in the midstate.

Crowds were able to see one of about a dozen B-17's still flying, at the Smyrna Airport on Saturday. B-17's saw a lot of action during World War Two and were also used in the Korean and Vietnam wars.

The missions were dangerous as pilots soared into enemy territory.

"It's basically the ultimate history lesson, really," said Keith Youngblood with the Liberty Foundation. "People can get a sense that 10 men were on this aircraft and the conditions they flew in."

"Flak going off, fighters shooting at them at the altitudes of 20,000 feet. It would have been negative 30 to negative 60 degrees and all they had to keep them warm was an electrically-heated leather suit," Youngblood continued.

This particular plane in Smyrna was not used in combat, but it's the same one used in the movie "Memphis Belle."

People can actually go up in the plane at a cost of $450.00.

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