300 Christian St., Oxford, CT 06483. Phone: 860-594-2537.
"Aluminum Overcast," the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EEA) restored B-17 bomber, will descend upon Waterbury-Oxford Airport in Oxford, Connecticut (330 Christian St.) on August 7-8 as part of its 2012 "Salute to Veterans" national tour. The "Aluminum Overcast" presents an opportunity for the public to experience, firsthand, the allure of this historic war bird on the ground and in flight that helped turn the tide of World War II. "Aluminum Overcast" brings a living link of aviation's and World War II's past for people of all ages to enjoy. 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. History comes alive as you step back in time and imagine the role of bombardier, navigator, and waist gunner as you walk around this magnificent aircraft. This authentic and unforgettable experience allows visitors to relive the legacy of the thousands who heroically flew World War II bombing missions. EAA's "Aluminum Overcast" B-17 was built in 1945, but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. In 1981 this B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation with the provision that the aircraft be maintained in airworthy condition. After being displayed at the EAA Air Venture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for a decade, the B-17 made its national tour debut in the spring of 1994. At each stop, flight "missions" are available. For more information, including rates for flights and ground tours, visit www.B17.org <http://www.B17.org> or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217. Special pre-book rates on flights are available for EAA members and non-members. Flight purchase is also available on site. Don't miss out on the opportunity to take a mission flight or ground tour when Aluminum Overcast comes to Oxford –Waterbury Airport. Ground Tours 2-5 p.m.; weather permitting $10 Individual Rate Family Rate: $20 (adults & children up to age 17; immediate family) Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult) Free: Veterans / Active Military Mission Flights 10 a.m.-2 p.m., weather permitting. Pre-book: $409. EAA Members. $449 Non-Members-- Walk-Up $435 EAA Members $475.