SEATTLE, May 9, 2012--A Memorial Day weekend tradition continues as The Museum of Flight will host the Experimental Aircraft Association's B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, for rides and ground tours during the last week in May. The Flying Fortress will arrive on May 21 for a media flight, and will be open to the public May 24 through May 28 for rides and ground tours. For costs, reservations and more information, please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org.
The Seattle-born, Boeing B-17 bomber played an important role in World War II and aviation history. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps in May 1945, Aluminum Overcast was too late to see action in World War II. Sold for $750 as military surplus, the airplane served as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control. Now, Aluminum Overcast carries the wartime colors of the 398th Bomb Group, flown around the United States as a living tribute to World War II aviation.
Media Flight May 21
A media flight is available on May 21 at noon. Several World War II B-17 veteran crew members are scheduled to accompany the press on the flight, and they will be available for interviews. One veteran will be celebrating his 90th birthday on the flight! Please schedule through EAA Media Relations at 920-426-6820, or contact The Museum of Flight.
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