B-17 “Aluminum Overcast”
Photo credit: EAA
– Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) returns to Puget Sound with B-17G
That aircraft you may have seen flying over the South Sound today heralded the return to Puget Sound of the authentic World War II B-17 bomber, EAA’s beautifully restored B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast.
– Public rides available for purchase May 12-14, Olympia Regional Airport
– “Restored B-17 flies into Olympia”
“A restored Boeing bomber took to the skies over Olympia on Wednesday,” by Drew Mikkelsen, KING 5 TV News, Seattle.
– Editor’s note:
“Alumiunum Overcast” was last seen in Yelm skies June 6, 2016, as reported on this blog.
– UPDATE: May 11, 2017
Click here for The Olympian video from the May 10th flight.
“Ride aboard one of the bombers made famous during World War II”
“What makes it all worthwhile, though, is the opportunity to ride aboard a World War II-era B-17 bomber.
The Experimental Aircraft Association and its Cascade Warbird Squadron No. 2 is offering rides aboard Aluminum Overcast on Friday (May 12) through Sunday as the centerpiece of activities at the Olympic Flight Museum.”
“Throughout the war, more than 12,700 B-17s were built, including more than 6,900 at Boeing Plant 2 in Seattle. “Aluminum Overcast” is just one of about a dozen B-17s still capable of flying. There are fewer than 50 complete airframes still in existence.
This particular Flying Fortress, a B-17G model, was built in May 1945 in Burbank, California, under a license from Boeing by Vega Aircaft Co., now Lockheed Martin,” by Jeffrey P. Mayor, Tacoma News-Tribune.