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B-17G Flying Fortress
Experimental Aviation Association
Oshkosh, WI


B-17

B-17G Aluminum Overcast, owned and operated by the Experimental Aviation Association, based out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin. This is perhaps the finest B-17 in operation today. She was restored to zero time, and worldwide searches were performed to find as much military hardware as possible to bring it back to its 1944 configuration.

Aluminum Overcast tours extensively visiting airports across the country offering tours and rides. The tour wraps up each year with Aluminum Overcast returning home to the EAA Airventure convention in Oshkosh the last week of July and first week of August.

The tour last year resulted in a landing accident where the main gear collapsed on landing. The landing gear has a mechanisms that is supposed to lock the gear down, and something went wrong. While you never want to see an airplane have an accident, you know that if you fly long enough, it is only a matter of time. Aluminum Overcast ended up on her belly, with damage to the underside of the aircraft and 4 bent props. The B-17 Fuddy Duddy stepped in to complete the tour. Aluminum Overcast was ferried back to Oshkosh after a few weeks of field work, and she is undergoing full repairs as this was written 10 months after the accident.

Note—Aluminum Overcast is back up and flying as of May, 2006.

B-17

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