Restored Second World War bomber Memphis Belle makes public debut

Hundreds of visitors have turned out at the Air Force Museum in the US to see restored Second World War bomber Memphis Belle.

The plane went on public display at the museum near Dayton, Ohio, for the first time on Thursday after a restoration project that required 13 years and 55,000 hours of work.

The plane was celebrated for being the first B-17 to survive 25 missions and return to the US (John Minchillo/AP)

After a brief ceremony, visitors crowded around the plane trying to get the best photos with their phones.

Visitors gather to see the Memphis Bell (John Minchillo/AP)

The B-17 “Flying Fortress” will anchor an extensive exhibit in the museum’s Second World War gallery, paying tribute to the thousands of men who served on B-17s on daylight bombing missions over Nazi-occupied Europe.

The plane was celebrated for being the first B-17 to survive 25 missions and return to the US.

The plane went on display at a museum near Dayton, Ohio (John Minchillo/AP)

- Press Association

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