Northwest NEWS

August 19, 2002

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Restored B-17 to be in Seattle for flights, tours

The EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) Aviation Foundation's B-17 will visit Seattle later this month as part of the association's "Freedom Tour."
   The B-17 will be located at the Museum of Flight at the south end of Seattle's Boeing Field. Public flights and tours will take place Aug. 29 through Sept. 2.
   Public flights are in the morning and the aircraft is opened for ground tours early in the afternoon after all flights are concluded.
   The restored B-17 Aluminum Overcast is one of just a handful of B-17s left flying in the world.
   B-17 tours have taken place each spring and fall since 1994, allowing tens of thousands of people to tour one of the greatest military planes ever built and thousands of aviation enthusiasts to fly in the bomber.
   At each tour stop, aviation enthusiasts are invited to experience the excitement of flying "missions" in this spectacular aircraft.
   Mission flights include a pre-flight briefing and a 30 minute flight. Those who purchase a flight package are helping the EAA Aviation Foundation offset the costs of keeping this great warbird flying.
   "The B-17 'Freedom Tour' helps to preserve one of the best-known aircraft from World War II and the memory of young men who flew in bombers like the Aluminum Overcast, risking their lives to preserve our freedoms more than 50 years ago," said Tom Poberezny, EAA Aviation Foundation President. "This airplane represents those freedoms we cherish as a nation and the freedom of flight we enjoy as individuals."
   B-17s fought in every theater of World War II, but earned their place in history in epic battles against the Luftwaffe, under the command of the 7th and 8th Air Force Units of the U.S. Army.
   All tour stops, times and locations are subject to change without notice.
   For more information regarding available flights or for flight applications, contact EEA's B-17 Tour Office at 1-800-359-6217 or access www.b17.org.