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2011 B-17 Tour Set to Take Off April 1 in Arizona


January 11, 2011 —EAA’s restored B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast returns to the sky on Friday, April 1, as EAA Warbird Squadron 20 hosts the first stop of the 2011 national tour in Deer Valley, Arizona. The tour’s spring segment includes 20 stops in seven states, and online booking for flights are now available at www.b17.org.

Following a 100-hour inspection after the June 10-15 stop in Denver at the Wings Over the Rockies, the tour resumes for another month before preparations for the big week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2011, July 25-31. (Flights during Oshkosh are now available:  Book a flight at Oshkosh.)
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 Rod Hightower, EAA president. “EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. We take great pride in saluting all our nation’s veterans as the airplane makes its way throughout our country, showcasing a living link to history for all generations to enjoy.”

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.

2011 Spring Tour
April 1-3 -- Deer Valley, AZ (DVT), hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 20
April 5-6 -- Flagstaff, AZ (FLG), hosted by EAA Chapter 856
April 8-10 -- Torrance, CA (TOA), hosted by Torrance Air Fair Association
April 12-13 -- San Diego, CA (SEE), hosted by EAA Chapter 14
April 15-17 -- Van Nuys, CA (VNY), hosted by EAA Chapter 40
April 19-20 -- Lancaster, CA (WJF), hosted by EAA Chapter 1000
April 22-24 -- Chino, CA (CNO), hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 16
April 26-27 -- Santa Maria, CA (SMX), hosted by EAA Chapter 491
April 29-May 1 -- Watsonville, CA (WVI), hosted by EAA Chapter 119
May 3-4 -- Concord, CA (CCR), hosted by EAA Chapter 393
May 6-8 -- Hayward, CA (HWD), hosted by EAA Vintage Chapter 29
May 10-11 -- Sacramento, CA (MCC), hosted by EAA Chapter 52
May 13-15 -- Napa, CA (APC), hosted by EAA Chapter 167
May 17-18 -- Redding, CA (RDD), hosted by EAA Chapter 157
May 20-22 -- Portland, OR (HIO), hosted by EAA Chapter 105
May 25-30 -- Seattle, WA (BFI), hosted by EAA Warbird Squadron 2
June 2-5 -- Spokane, WA (SFF), hosted by EAA Chapter 79
June 9-12 -- Denver, CO (APA), hosted by Wings Over the Rockies Museum
June 14-15 -- Ankeny, IA (IKV), hosted by EAA Chapter 135
June 17-19 -- Madison, WI (MSN), hosted by EAA Chapter 93


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