Guests at a special open day on the site of the International Bomber Command Centre on Canwick Hill in Lincoln were treated to a flypast which brought together two icons for the first time.
The open day on Sunday, July 9 saw local residents, visitors and a number of veterans introduced to the ongoing Chadwick Centre.
They also visited the Bomber Command Memorial Spire and Walls of names, displaying the names of fallen crew.
In a poignant salute to the project, the Scampton-based Red Arrows and the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight flew over the spire.
The centre is expected to be completed and opened to the public in December 2017.
Bomber Command suffered the highest losses of any unit during WWII but have struggled for recognition.
Every member of Bomber Command aircrew was a volunteer and the average age at death was only 23.