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A special guest joins the Geneseo Airshow this weekend

GENESEO, N.Y. (WROC-TV) - The National Warplane Museum Geneseo Air Show takes place this weekend.

It's a celebration of history regarding aviation and more, specifically military aviation. You'll see a lot of aircraft from the World War II era, even a couple from World War I..

Nearly 80 airplanes will be on the field this weekend, WROC’s Reporter Emily Noonan got to take flight on one them on Friday. 

Memphis Belle is a B-17 aircraft built in 1944 but recently had its Hollywood debut. It was used in the 1990 movie Memphis Belle. 

Craig Wadsworth, one of the pilots says to fly this plane is an honor.

“You just cannot help but think of the thousands of men and women  that flew these airplanes, The training and combat through some harrowing experiences, watching friend that didn't make it home and just doing it day after day,” said Wadsworth. 



The Memphis Belle at the airshow was used for transport and a trainer during WW2. But most B-17 aircraft would be used as strategic bombers.

Betty Bishop knows first-hand about what the aircrafts were used for as she helped repair them in WW2. Bishop had also flown on the Memphis Belle on Friday.  

Bishop is now 93 years old but during WW2 she worked on the landing gear. She was the only girl on the "Landing Gear Gang" with 21 men.

"They kept me on because my hand was small enough in the wings space to put the struts in,” said Bishop. 

She along with many other veterans from WW2 will make an appearance this weekend at the Aircraft show. 

For people wanting to take flight you must be at least 12 years of age. 
The airshow will run from Saturday through Monday. 
The gates open at 7 a.m. and the Airshow beings at 10 a.m.

If you want to buy tickets or sign up for a plane ride you can click here.

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