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B-17 Prepares for Salute to Veterans Tour


March 19, 2009 — Final preparations are being made for the EAA B-17 Aluminum Overcast’s 2009 Salute to Veterans Tour, which kicks off its spring-summer leg April 3-5 at Chino, California. Each year the Flying Fortress - one of only a handful still flying - serves as an ardent aviation ambassador…and a reminder of the commitment and sacrifice made by our nation’s military during World War II.

“Freedom isn’t free, and our hope is that through this annual tour, the thousands who have the opportunity to see and ride in the airplane gain a profound appreciation for those who fought to preserve our freedoms,” said Sean Elliott, EAA director of flight operations. “We encourage everyone to come out and see this iconic symbol of our nation's heritage during the tour.”

Those who participate in the tour also provide support for the EAA chapters and Warbirds of America squadrons who serve as hosts. That will be Squadron 16 for the opening tour stop at Chino Airport (CNO). The tour then heads to Gillespie Field (SEE) in San Diego, April 7-8, hosted by EAA Chapter 14. For more information, or to book a flight at an upcoming tour stop, please visit www.B17.org, call 800-359-6217, or e-mail b17reservations@eaa.org.

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