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Story Ideas

Below are a few story ideas to assist media in connecting B-17 Aluminum Overcast with your audience:

Local veteran who served on a B-17 during World War II (pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier, waist gunner, tail gunner, crew chief, mechanic).

NOTE: EAA will effort to have a local World War II veteran on-site for interviews and to ride along on the media flights, scheduled for the day of the B-17s arrival (Monday for weekday tour stops, Thursday for weekend tour stops).

Local member of the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who ferried B-17s during World War II.

Local individuals who built B-17s during World War II, including women who were known as “Rosie the Riveter.” B-17 production facilities were located in Seattle (Boeing), Long Beach (Douglas) and Burbank (Lockheed).

Individuals who plan to fly the B-17 as a tribute to their father, grandfather or other relative who served in World War II. In the past, passengers have carried photos, logbooks or other family memorabilia on B-17 flights.

Individuals familiar with aircraft technology who can compare World War II warbirds to today’s aircraft (including civilian aircraft) for a non-aviation audience.

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