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Get Your Applications In to Host Iconic Aircraft



September 6, 2011 – The application window to host one of EAA’s iconic touring aircraft – B-17 Aluminum Overcast and 1929 Ford Tri-Motor – in 2012 is quickly closing. If your chapter is interested in hosting a tour stop, now is the time to act!

These aircraft truly have an incredible place in the history of aviation, our country, and EAA. Tour stops are an excellent way to bring awareness of your chapter in the local community, develop more camaraderie among your members, and add a bit to your treasury as well.

The purpose of our application process is to help us decide the best locations for the B-17 and Tri-Motor to visit, and to give every EAA chapter the opportunity to be considered to host one of these aircraft.

Please review the information below for each aircraft, detailing the criteria that are used to select chapters for tour stops, and bear in mind that we receive more requests than we can fulfill in a given year. We do our best, but we can't go everywhere.

We ask everyone to understand that constructing the final tour schedule is a complex task involving factors such as travel and maintenance logistics, past performance, geography, demography, and proximity to other tour stops.

Every applicant will receive a response regarding their application once the schedule for each tour is set.

B-17 Aluminum Overcast
Since EAA began the tours of the B-17 Aluminum Overcast in 1994, tens of thousands of people have experienced this unique airplane through its visits and aircraft ground tours. Thousands of aviation enthusiasts have actually flown in the renowned bomber, which is considered one of the greatest military airplanes ever built and one of the best-known aircraft types of the World War II era.

Items taken into consideration for establishing the Aluminum Overcast tour:

  • Seasonal weather patterns: the spring tour is held on the West Coast, the summer tour is held primarily in the Midwest and East Coast, and the fall tour is held in the South
  • Proximity to other scheduled tour stops
  • For weekend stops, proximity to mid-size to large population area
  • Held in conjunction with a special event (excluding air shows)
  • Past tour performance

Apply for a B-17 Tour Stop (Deadline: October 15, 2011)

General B-17 Hosting Information

Send your questions to b17@eaa.org.

Ford Tri-Motor
EAA’s 1929 Ford Tri-Motor brings history to life. As the world’s first mass-produced airliner, this aircraft is the beginning of air travel as we know it. Instead of simply reading about the history of aviation, EAA’s Ford Tri-Motor allows you to experience it firsthand.

Items taken into consideration for establishing the Ford Tri-Motor tour schedule, which generally runs from late May to October:

  • Within 700 nautical miles of Oshkosh, Wisconsin
  • Must have hangar to serve as shelter for Tri-Motor
  • Proximity to other scheduled tour stops
  • For weekend stops, proximity to mid-size to large population area
  • Held in conjunction with a special event
  • Past tour performance
  • Ability to secure sponsorship of tour stop

Apply for a Tri-Motor Tour Stop (Deadline: October 15, 2011)

More Information About Tri-Motor Flights

Send your questions to flytheford@eaa.org.

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