“Aluminum Overcast,” the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber, will descend upon Jefferson City Memorial Airport June 22-24 as part of its 2012 “Salute to Veterans” national tour.


“Aluminum Overcast,” the Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber, will descend upon Jefferson City Memorial Airport June 22-24 as part of its 2012 “Salute to Veterans” national tour.
EAA’s 2012 tour schedule began April 20 in California and includes stops in several states throughout the country. In Missouri, the B-17 bomber will also visit  Lee's Summit Municipal Airport June 15-17 and Spirit of St. Louis Airport July 6-8. The year-long tour will continue into the summer, with the airplane back “home” for the full week of EAA’s annual AirVenture Celebration on July 23-29 in Oshkosh, Wis.
Since EAA began the tours of the aircraft, 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 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 travels the country, showcasing a living link to history for all generations to enjoy.”
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.
At each stop, flight “missions” are available, which allow people to experience this spectacular aircraft from the air. For more information, 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.

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