Memphis Belle bomber offering educational tours in Chesapeake

Posted at 5:21 PM, Sep 09, 2013

Chesapeake, Va. - It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to ride in a World War II-style plane.

The Memphis Belle is coming to Chesapeake to take you and your family on a tour of the blue skies.

The World War II bomber has a new mission educating younger generations about the “greatest” generation.

The mobile museum will be stopping on September 15th in Chesapeake, offering flights and ground tours as a way to teach folks about World War II.

“We lost about 4,000 of them in combat and with a crew of 10, about 40,000 airmen went down in the B-17. This airplane really is a symbol of sacrifice of World War II,” says John Huttleworth with the Liberty Foundation.

This is all to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Memphis Belle’s historic last mission.

“Our mission is an education mission. So we use this as an awesome backdrop of the war, B-17 aircrews, and what happened. And of course, the airplane attracts veterans. We have vets out here telling them stories… firsthand accounts of World War II,” Huttleworth says.

To reserve your seat on the Memphis Belle this Sunday at the Chesapeake Regional Airport, call 918-340-0243.