The fully preserved B-17 Aluminum Overcast heavy bomber will make the last stop of this year’s national tour when it visits the St. Simons Island Airport on November 22-24, 2019. The 75-year-old warbird is one of a fleet of historic planes owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), a national organization dedicated to supporting the love of aviation, and sharing that passion with others. Local EAA Chapter 905, based at the St. Simons Island Airport, is host organization for the tour stop.
The B-17, with its crew of 10 airmen, was one of the most important weapons the Allies had against tyranny in World War II. The Aluminum Overcast is a prime example of the B-17G, which was the final production model of the plane and is considered the definitive Flying Fortress. A total of 8,680 B-17G planes were manufactured, yet, today, fewer than 100 B-17 airframes exist. Less than 15 of Boeing’s famous bombers can still take to the air.
The aircraft is now more than 90 percent accurate to its wartime construction, with allowances for updated technology in such areas as navigation and brakes. When it is not touring the country, Aluminum Overcast is on display at the EAA Aviation Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
Tours can be accessed at the EAA chapter hangar located at 1797 Demere Road, St. Simons Island. Ground tours of Aluminum Overcast are available from 2-5- PM on November 22-24. Tour prices are $10 for individuals, and $20 for families. Veterans and active military members tour free. Flights are available by reservation from 10AM-1 PM on those days as well. For prices and available times, visit B17.org or call 800-359-6217.