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Limited Seats Remain for EAA's World War Two B-17 Bomber Flight in Oshkosh on Dec. 3

 

EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. - (November 28, 2006) — EAA is offering limited opportunities for local residents to fly in a historic World War II bomber on Sunday, Dec. 3, when the Boeing B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" will fly from Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh.

The flights, held in conjunction with EAA's annual B-17 Fantasy Flight Camp, are the only local opportunities for B-17 missions this year outside of the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in. These opportunities are the same as those offered during EAA's national B-17 tours each year, where thousands of people have experienced air travel in this aircraft, one of only about a dozen of the more than 12,000 B-17s built that are still airworthy.

"The return of Aluminum Overcast to Oshkosh for EAA's Fantasy Flight Camp also gives us a superb opportunity to offer local residents the same B-17 flight experiences that have thrilled thousands of people across the country," said Adam Smith, EAA AirVenture Museum director. "We are pleased we can make some limited seats available this weekend. Such a flight can make this year's holiday season especially memorable for local aviation enthusiasts."

Reservations for the Dec. 3 flights, priced at $359 for EAA members and $399 for non-members, can be made by calling 800-359-6217 or at www.b17.org. Prices for walk-up (non-reserved) flights are higher on the day of the flights. In case of projected bad weather, the flights will be re-scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 2.

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. It was purchased as war surplus for $750 by a private individual, and served in mapping and spraying operations in many countries until a preservation group purchased it in 1978. The B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision of 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 now fully owns the aircraft and operates the national tour.

Members of the EAA Warbirds of America who are experienced in World War II airplane operations will fly the airplane, which is painted in the colors of the 398th Bomb Group.

Through the past decade of national tours, EAA's B-17 has created many emotional reunions for veterans who participated in B-17 operations during World War II. For most, it was their first "mission" in a Flying Fortress since that era. Even though more than five decades have passed since their wartime experience, the outpouring of emotion and memories have created a unique link through these veterans. They have often shared their stories, while also recalling and honoring their long-ago comrades, during the B-17's visits to their communities.

EAA AIRVENTURE OSHKOSH is The World's Greatest Aviation Celebration and EAA's yearly membership convention. EAA members receive lowest prices on admission rates. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 1-800-JOIN-EAA (1-800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. EAA AirVenture information is also available through the World Wide Web at www.airventure.org.

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