May 8, 2012 > Flying Fortress comes to Hayward
Flying Fortress comes to Hayward
Mission flights, ground tours in historic WWII bomber available May 11-13, 2012
Submitted By Mindy Pearson, Photo courtesy of EAA
"Aluminum Overcast," the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) restored B-17 bomber, will arrive at Hayward Executive Airport as part of its 2012 "Salute to Veterans" national tour. Starting Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13, 2012, flights and ground tours will be available for local residents to experience this historic, World War II-era bomber.
The first leg of EAA's tour schedule includes eight stops in four states between April 20 and June 10, 2012. The year-long tour will continue into the summer, with the airplane returning "home" to Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the full week of EAA's annual AirVenture Celebration from July 23 to July 29, 2012.
Since EAA began the tours of the aircraft, tens of thousands of people have experienced this unique airplane through its flights and ground tours. Known as "The Flying Fortress," the B-17 bomber 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 annual national tour organized by EAA has become the nation's most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in close proximity," said Rod Hightower, EAA president. "EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. We take great pride in saluting all our nation's veterans as the airplane travels the country, showcasing a living link to history for all generations to enjoy."
EAA's "Aluminum Overcast" was built in 1945 but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. The B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision of the aircraft being maintained in air-worthy condition. After being displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in Spring 1994.
The aircraft has four nine-cylinder, radial, air-cooled engines with a 16-to-9 gear ratio that burn about 200 gallons per hour, require about 37 gallons of oil each and is equipped with 13 M2 Browning machine guns. B-17 aircraft require a runway at least 5,000 ft. long and 100 ft. wide and Aluminum Overcast proudly carries the colors of the 398th Bomb Group which flew hundreds of missions over Nazi-held territory during World War II.
EAA embodies the spirit of aviation through the world's most engaged community of aviation enthusiasts; 170,000 members and 1,000 local chapters enjoy the fun and camaraderie of sharing their passion for flying, building and restoring recreational aircraft. For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or visit www.eaa.org. For continual news updates, connect with www.twitter.com/EAAupdate.
At each stop, flight "missions" are available to enable people to experience this spectacular aircraft from the air. Public flights and ground tours available Friday, May 11 through Sunday, May 13.
B-17 Flights are available at 10:15 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 11:45 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 1:15 p.m. (Friday through Sunday). B-17 Ground Tours available from 2:00 p.m. until 5:00 p.m. (Friday through Sunday).
For more information, including rates for flights and ground tours, visit www.B17.org or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 1-800-359-6217. Special pre-book rates on flights are available for EAA members and non-members.
B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" in Hayward
Ground tour rates:
$10 per person
$20 per family (adults/children up to 17 - immediate family members)
Free - Children under 8 (when accompanied by paying adult)
Free - All active military or veterans
Flight rates (pre-booking available at www.B17.org or call 1-800-359-6217):
$435 EAA members ($409 before May 11, 2012)
$475 non-members ($449 before May 11, 2012)