B-17 “Flying Fortress” visits Rutland on its 2019 National Tour

Take a ride on a B-17 Bomber, one of the greatest military aircraft of all time. Photo provided

RUTLAND, Vt. – Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take a ride on a B-17 Bomber, one of the greatest military aircraft of all time. This World War II living history museum will be at the Rutland-Southern Vermont Regional Airport Sept. 20-22, 2019.

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s own B-17, “Aluminum Overcast,” is one of 11 still flying out of 12,731 built. This beautifully restored B-17 has been touring the U.S. for 25 years, providing a remarkable connection to the past. The most iconic image of World War II, it gives us a taste of what our parents and grandparents went through to earn the freedoms we enjoy today.

“Aluminum Overcast” will make its first-ever appearance in Vermont courtesy of EAA Chapter 968, the Green Mountain Flyers. Visitors can purchase rides in the B-17 and experience history from the air, or take a ground tour during the afternoons.

Flights can be purchased at www.B17.org or 1-800-359-6217.

Ground tours are purchased at the event. Veterans and active military personnel receive free admission.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Green Mountain Flyers will also be holding a Young Eagles Rally during the B-17 visit. The Young Eagles program offers a free flight in small aircraft to introduce youth ages 8 to 17 to the world of aviation and inspire them to reach to new heights. Registration opens at 1 p.m., weather permitting. Parent or guardian must be on hand to sign waivers for the children’s flights.

For more information about EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or go to www.eaa.org.

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