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EAA's Aluminum Overcast Visits Squadron 1 in Camden, Tennessee

Aluminum Overcast and two AT-11s
EAA’s Aluminum Overcast flanked by two AT-11s.
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AT-11 noseart
Nose art seen on one of the AT-11s that flew in.
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The weekend of October 10 saw the EAA’s B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast, darken the skies over Camden, Tennessee. Hosted by EAA Warbirds Squadron 1, and in conjunction with Darrell Berry’s annual warbird fly-in, multiple rides were given over a two-day visit. It’s hard to describe how much fun these events were in and of themselves, but together they were a blast. As someone who just experienced his first B-17 ride, let me fully endorse the experience and the program. The aircraft itself is overwhelming. The sense of history is incredible. You walk away literally unable to measure the bravery of those who fought on the “Fort.”

As for the fly-in, this is one of the best-kept secrets in the south. An immaculate 3,500-foot grass strip, populated with L-birds, T-34s, T-6s, Howards, AT-11s (yes two!), Yaks, and CJs, with facilities and paved parking for the “big iron” at the nearby local airport. Award-winning barbecue and southern hospitality reign. Plan on a trip south next October.

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