Sunday, April 28, 2013

Rare B-17 WWII Bomber Flies Into Eugene Airport for Public Flights, Tours


The Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast will make a three-day stop at the Eugene Airport May 17, 18 and 19 as part of its 2013 “Experience History” national tour.

The public will be able to see this historic bomber up close and purchase rides at Atlantic Aviation, 90454 Boeing Drive, located at the south end of the airport. Visit this map to the viewing location.
       
Known as “The Flying Fortress,” this extremely rare B-17 bomber is considered one of the greatest military airplanes ever built and one of the best-known aircraft types of the World War II era. There were 12,732 B-17s produced, but today, fewer than 15 of Boeing’s famous bombers can still take to the air.
       
The Eugene tour stop will offer public flight “missions” for purchase, with discounts for EAA members, allowing people to experience this spectacular aircraft from the air. Ground tours will also be available for $10 per person, and all active military or veterans will be allowed to tour Aluminum Overcast for free. Special pricing for families and grade school groups will also available.
            
Mission flight times for the Eugene tour stop are 10:00am - 11:00am - 12:00 noon and 6:00pm. Ground tours are scheduled from 2:00pm - 5:00pm, and additional ground tours may be scheduled after the evening flight(s) if needed. For more information, including rates for flights and ground tours, visit www.B17.org or contact EAA’s B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.