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B-17 Aluminum Overcast flies from Statesboro June 15-17
World War II bomber will be available for ground tours and flight experiences
B-17 Aluminum Overcast
The restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named Aluminum Overcast will be available for ground tours and flight experiences at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport June 15–17. - photo by Special

The restored Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named Aluminum Overcast, one of fewer than 15 still-flying examples of the renowned World War II bomber, will be available for ground tours and flight experiences at the Statesboro-Bulloch County Airport June 15-17.

Between 1935 and May 1945, U.S. factories turned out 12,732 B-17s, of which 4,735 were lost during combat missions, most over portions of Europe controlled by Nazi-ruled Germany. Today, fewer than 100 of the planes still exist in any condition, and most can’t be flown, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association, or EAA, which owns and restored Aluminum Overcast.

Flights will be available from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 15, 16 and 17, weather permitting, followed by ground tours 2-5 p.m. each day.  A ground tour of the plane costs $10 for individual adults, with children age 8 and younger climbing aboard free with a paid adult.  Or a family tour costs $20 for adults with children up to age 17. But tours are free to veterans and active-duty military.

The price of a flight is $475 to individuals who are not EAA members, but includes a one-year EAA membership. For those who are already EAA members, the charge for a flight is $435.

Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operation costs of Aluminum Overcast, states the EAA.

For more information, see www.eaa.org. Flights can be booked through the website in advance or at the airport during the plane’s visit.

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