Aluminum Overcast Soars Over Lambeau
November 26, 2013 - EAA's historic World War II B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast performed a true first on Sunday when it made the pregame flyover at Lambeau Field before the Green Bay Packers-Minnesota Vikings National Football League game.
EAA pilots Sean Elliott and George Daubner and their passengers were wheels up at 11:35, climbed to 2,000 feet AGL and circled four miles north of the stadium just off the Green Bay shoreline waiting for the "go" signal from the stadium. When informed the National Anthem was under way, they immediately headed due south at about 200 knots.
"It was absolutely a thrill to fly over the stadium," Elliot said. "It was packed full of fans and we could feel the stadium erupt when we flew over with the bomb bay door open." As they approached the historic venue, Elliott could see the 48 x 108 foot Mitsubishi Diamond Vision replay screen. "It sure was strange seeing the airplane on the screen as we flew over," he remarked.
EAA was contacted by the Packers about making a flyover prior to the season after military flyovers were canceled to due to federal budget sequestration.
The flight was very well briefed," Elliott said. "The Packers put on a very professional start to the show." Elliott also praised Green Bay approach, calling the controllers "extremely accommodating."
Along with a large number of media reports, EAA received numerous images and videos from fans - mostly from EAA members. We also heard from a number of members in the Green Bay area who went to the stadium just to witness the B-17 fly over.
Footage was provided by cameras mounted on the plane itself, including a unique bomb bay view. We've posted several of these contributed files to the EAA Facebook page.
Here's just some of the event's media coverage and submitted footage.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel photo gallery
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel story
WLUK-TV FOX 11
Photo in Appleton Post-Crescent website
Video from the Field
Video from aboard Aluminum Overcast