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Spring Tour Schedule, EAA B-17 Tour

March 11, 2010Aluminum Overcast, EAA’s restored B-17 bomber, returns to the sky on Friday, April 2, in Deer Valley, Arizona, to launch the 2010 national tour. Tour host is EAA Warbird Squadron 20. This year also marks the 75th anniversary of the B-17’s first flight – July 28, 1935.

The tour’s first segment includes 19 stops in six states. (See the tour schedule.) Following a 100-hour inspection after the June 10-15 stop in Denver at the Wings Over the Rockies, the tour resumes for another month before preparations for the big week at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010, July 26-August 1. (Flights during Oshkosh are now available - click here to book a flight at Oshkosh.)

The national B-17 tours have taken place each spring and fall since 1994. Since EAA began the tours of the aircraft known as “The Flying Fortress,” 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.

“The national tour EAA undertakes each year has become the nation’s most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an up-close way,” said Tom Poberezny, EAA chairman/president. “EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. This year, we also take great pride in saluting all our nation’s veterans as the airplane makes its way throughout our country.”

At each stop, flight “missions” are available in the airplane, which allow people to fly in this spectacular aircraft. For more information regarding these flights, 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, and group ground-tour rates are available for schools or other large groups.

Spring Tour
April 2-4, Deer Valley, AZ. EAA Warbird Squadron 20
April 6-7, Murrieta, CA, EAA Chapter 1279
April 9-11, Torrance, CA, Torrance Airfair Association
April 13-14, Chino, CA, EAA Warbird Squadron 16
April 16-18, Van Nuys, CA, EAA Chapter 40
April 20-21, Oxnard, CA, EAA Chapter 1469
April 23-25, Santra Barbara, CA, EAA Chapter 527
April 27-28, Bakersfield, CA
April 30-May 2, Hayward, CA, EAA Chapter Vintage 29
May 4-5, Watsonville, CA, EAA Chapter 119
May 7-9, Napa, CA, EAA Chapter 167
May 11-12, Chico, CA, EAA Chapter 427
May 14-16, Sacramento, CA, EAA Chapter 52
May 18-19, Klamath Falls, OR, EAA Chapter 411
May 21-23, Portland, OR, EAA Chapter 105
May 26-31, Seattle, WA, EAA Warbird Squadron 2
June 3-4, Logan, UT, EAA Chapter 23
June 5-7, Ogden, UT, EAA Chapter 23
June 10-15, Denver, CO, Wings over the Rockies Museum

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