The EAA's B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" Visits the Victoria Flying Club
Between June 15th and 20th, the Victoria Flying Club welcomed to their ramp for the first time the EAA's (Experimental Aircraft Association) crew and the B-17 bomber they flew, “Aluminum Overcast.”
The EAA is an international community that brings together aviation enthusiasts to share their passion for flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. Throughout 2016, their “Aluminum Overcast” will travel to more than 20 cities, with Victoria as the first of four Canadian cities on the list.
Since EAA began tours of the aircraft in 1994, 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.
“For more than 20 years, EAA’s national B-17 tour has been America’s most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an up-close way,” said Jack Pelton, EAA Chairman of the Board. “EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. It is more than the flight of a historic aircraft – it is an emotional connection to the men and women who were part the ‘The Greatest Generation’ and the sacrifices they made to benefit us in subsequent generations.”
At each stop, rides can be purchased, which allow people to “Join the Flight” and experience this historical aircraft from the air. Ground tours are also available at each tour location in the afternoon. For more information, including rates for flights and ground tours, 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.
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.
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world’s most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts. EAA’s 185,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building, and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
About the Victoria Flying Club:
The Victoria Flying Club, located at the Victoria International Airport, has been training world class professional and recreational pilots since 1946. Local and international students benefit from the highest quality of instruction on a standardized fleet of Cessna 172S Model aircraft. Discovery Flights are available seven days a week for anyone interested in joining the club and learning to fly.