Mon, Jan 26, 2009
Aluminum Overcast B-17's First Stop Is Chino, CA
The Aluminum Overcast, the Experimental Aircraft Association's
restored B-17 bomber, returns to the sky on April 3 in Chino, CA,
the first stop of nearly 60 planned for the 2009 "Salute to
Veterans" national tour.
The first portion of EAA's tour schedule includes 16 stops in
five western states between April 3 and June 3. The yearlong tour
will continue into late fall, with the airplane back "home" for the
full week of EAA's annual AirVenture fly-in on July 27-August 2 in
The national B-17 tours have taken place each spring and fall
since 1994. Since EAA began the tours of the aircraft known as "The
Flying Fortress," tens of thousands of people have experienced this
unique airplane through its visits and aircraft ground tours.
Thousands of aviation enthusiasts have actually flown in the
renowned bomber, which is considered one of the greatest military
airplanes ever built and one of the best-known aircraft types of
the World War II era.
"The national tour EAA undertakes each year has become the
nation's most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an
up-close way," said Tom Poberezny, EAA President. "EAA is dedicated
to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. This
year, we also take great pride in saluting all our nation's
veterans as the airplane makes its way throughout our country."
EAA's Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945, but was delivered to
the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II.
It was purchased as war surplus for $750 by a private individual,
and served in mapping and spraying operations in many countries
until a preservation group purchased it in 1978. The B-17 was
donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision
of the aircraft being maintained in airworthy condition. After
being displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for
a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in the spring
of 1994. EAA now fully owns the aircraft and operates the national
At each stop, flight "missions" are available in the airplane.
Special pre-book rates on flights are available for EAA members and
non-members, and group ground-tour rates are available for schools
or other large groups. The airplane's crew is available at each
stop to answer questions.
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