‘Join the flight’ rides and ground tours available in historic World War II bomber
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin – Since EAA began tours of the aircraft in 1994, tens of thousands of people have experienced this unique airplane through its flights and ground tours. Known as “The Flying Fortress,” the B-17 bomber is considered one of the greatest military airplanes ever built and one of the bestknown aircraft types of the World War II era.
“For more than 20 years, EAA’s national B-17 tour has been America’s most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an up-close way,” said Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board. “EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. It is more than the flight of a historic aircraft – it is an emotional connection to the men and women who were part the ‘The Greatest Generation’ and the sacrifices they made to benefit us in subsequent generations.” The 2017 tour includes a special one day only visit to Columbus, GA.
Columbus, GA – Columbus Airport – Tuesday October 10, 2017 Rides can be purchased, which allow people to “Join the Flight” and experience this historical aircraft from the air. Ground tours are also available at each tour location in the afternoon. For more information, including rates for flights and ground tours, visit www.B17.org or contact EAA’s Membership Services at 800-359-6217. Special pre-book rates on flights are available for EAA members and nonmembers.
EAA’s Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945, but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. The B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision of the aircraft being maintained in airworthy condition. After being displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in the spring of 1994. Today, EAA’s Aluminum Overcast is proudly supported by Phillips 66® Aviation and Tempest Aerospace, helping keep this beautiful aircraft in the air.
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