Flying Fortress "Aluminum Overcast" honors veterans of World War II
SEATTLE, May 15, 2013--A Memorial Day weekend tradition continues as The Museum of Flight will host the Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, for rides and ground tours during the last week in May. The Flying Fortress will arrive on May 20 for a media flight, and will be open to the public May 24 through May 27 for rides and ground tours. For costs, reservations and more information, please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org.
The Seattle-born, Boeing B-17 bomber played an important role in World War II and aviation history. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps in May 1945, Aluminum Overcast was too late to see action in World War II. Sold for $750 as military surplus, the airplane served as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control. Now, Aluminum Overcast carries the wartime colors of the 398th Bomb Group, flown around the United States as a living tribute to World War II aviation.
Media Flight May 24
A media flight is available on Friday, May 24 at 1 p.m. Several World War II veterans are scheduled to accompany the press on the flight. Please schedule through EAA Media Relations at 920-426-6820, or contact The Museum of Flight.
Photo: B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast. Photo courtesy Experimental Aircraft Association.
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