B-17 Bomber Based at Museum of Flight May 24-28 for Rides and Tours

. May 10, 2012 . 0 Comments

Flying Fortress “Aluminum Overcast” honors veterans of World War II

SEATTLE, – A Memorial Day weekend tradition continues as The Museum of Flight will host the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 bomber, Aluminum Overcast, for rides and ground tours during the last week in May.

The Flying Fortress will arrive on May 21 for a media flight, and will be open to the public May 24 through May 28 for rides and ground tours. For costs, reservations and more information, please call the EAA at 1-800-359-6217 or visit www.b17.org.

The Seattle-born Boeing B-17 bomber played an important role in World War II and aviation history. Delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps in May 1945, Aluminum Overcast was too late to see action in World War II. Sold for $750 as military surplus, the airplane served as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control. Now, Aluminum Overcast carries the wartime colors of the 398th Bomb Group, flown around the United States as a living tribute to World War II aviation.

The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 E. Marginal Way S., Seattle, Exit 158 off Interstate 5 on Boeing Field half-way between downtown Seattle and Sea-Tac Airport. The Museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $17 for adults, $14 for seniors 65 and older, $13 for active military, $9 for youth 5 to 17, and free for children under 5. Group rates are available. Admission on the first Thursday of the month is free from 5 to 9 p.m. courtesy of Wells Fargo. For general Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit museumofflight.org

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