Aluminum Overcast Back in the Air
Flights rescheduled for this weekend in Denver
June 13, 2012 - EAA's B-17 Aluminum Overcast conducted a successful flight test at Denver's Centennial Airport this week following replacement of several flight control surfaces that were damaged extensively by a sudden hailstorm on Wednesday, June 6. New ailerons and elevators were trucked in from Oshkosh on Friday and EAA mechanics worked over the weekend to install them.
EAA's Sean Elliott and George Daubner made the test flight and the new control surfaces performed "flawlessly," according to Elliott.
"We did a thorough flight test and everything checked out with no discrepancies," Elliott said. "Aluminum Overcast is back to her rock-solid self."
A freak hailstorm hit late Wednesday evening while the airplane was parked on the ramp outside Signature Flight Service at Centennial. Hailstones as large as pingpong balls tore holes through the fabric-covered control surfaces. The damage forced the EAA B-17 tour to postpone flights that had been booked in conjunction with the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum-sponsored tour stop last weekend. Those flights have been rescheduled for this coming Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
If you are interested in flying in the airplane while it's in Denver, you can still book a flight. Visit the EAA website for details, or call 800-359-6217.
The scheduled tour stop in Kansas City on June 15-17 will be rescheduled for a later date.