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Help Repair the B-17

Keep Her Flying!

We need your help to repair EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast!

EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast is more than just an airplane. It is a living tribute to the brave individuals who served, sacrificed, and, in many cases, gave up their lives defending freedom during World War II. It is a connection to the past, the "Greatest Generation" who built and served heroically on these magnificent warbirds.

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B-17 damage

Hail damage to the top of
Aluminum Overcast
's right aileron.

Touring the United States since 1994, tens of thousands have experienced the allure of the "Flying Fortress." History comes alive at each stop, prompting aviation and history enthusiasts alike to take a step back in time.

Now we need your help to repair this living tribute and "keep her flying" for generations to come.

Aluminum Overcast sustained significant damage during a hail storm in Denver. Although Aluminum Overcast completed its scheduled appearances in 2012, its ability to continue flying was made conditional on the completion of repairs as soon as possible.

  • Hail caused 1,000 dents in the aircraft's sheet metal surfaces, of which 177 are significant.
  • Estimates for complete repairs, including re-skinning the airplane, came in at $525,000.
  • EAA has opted for an approved alternative fix on the aircraft, which includes filling in holes and using new rivets where possible.
  • It is estimated this fix will take eight weeks of labor in man-hours per wing, with a total cost of about $40,000 per wing, $80,000 in total! That does not include additional costs for materials.
  • Most of these costs will not be covered by insurance, as EAA's deductible for the aircraft is $100,000, or 10 percent of the aircraft's value.

The Aluminum Overcast is just one of 10 airworthy B-17s remaining today. Help us keep it flying as a tribute to those who gave so much to the cause of freedom and as a testament to those who continue to serve!

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