"Aluminum Overcast" To Visit Tuesday And Wednesday
On Tuesday, October 12th and Wednesday October 13th, The EAA's
B-17G Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" will be in the upstate
region of South Carolina as part of the EAA's 2010 "Salute to
Veterans" national tour. Its' restoration took more than 10
years and thousands of hours by dedicated staff and volunteers at
EAA Oshkosh, Wisconsin, headquarters.
B-17 Aluminum Overcast
B-17s are considered one of the
greatest military airplanes ever built and one of the best-known
aircraft types of the World War II era. The B-17 received the
name "Flying Fortress" from a Seattle reporter who commented on its
defensive firepower. The B-17 underwent a number of improvements
over its 10-year production span. Models ranged from the YB-17 to
the B-17-G model. The final B-17 production model, the B-17G, was
produced in larger quantities (8,680) than any previous model.
Between 1935 and May of 1945, 12,732
B-17s were produced. In the years following World War II, most
B-17s were cut up for scrap, used in Air Force research or sold on
the surplus market. Today, fewer than 100 B-17 airframes
exist and less than 15 of them are in flyable condition.
"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 Rod Hightower, EAA
President. "EAA is dedicated to preserving aviation's magnificent
heritage and our B-17 tours are a major part of that. This year, we
also take great pride in saluting all our nation's veterans through
Self-guided ground tours will be offered daily from 1400 to
1700. The cost is $5 per adult, $15 per family or free for active
Military and Veterans. The airplane's crew will be available
to answer questions.
Half hour flight "missions" will be available. Members of
the EAA Warbirds of America, who are experienced in World War II
airplane operations, will pilot the airplane during these flights.
Proceeds from the tours and flights help EAA keep "Aluminum
Overcast" flying and assist in its continuing restoration,
maintenance and preservation.