EAA B-17 Tour Could be Coming to an Airport Near You
January 28, 2009 — Aluminum Overcast, EAA’s restored B-17 bomber, returns to the sky on Friday, April 3 in Chino, Calif., the first stop of nearly 60 planned for the 2009 “Salute to Veterans” national tour.
The first tour segment includes 16 stops in five states between April 3 and June 3. (See the tour schedule.) The yearlong tour continues 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 Oshkosh, Wis.
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.”
At each stop, flight “missions” are available in the airplane, which allow people to fly in this spectacular aircraft. For more information regarding these flights, including rates for flights and ground tours, visit www.b17.org or contact EAA’s B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217. 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.