B-17 'Aluminum Overcast' Visits Tulsa
TULSA, Oklahoma - Don't be surprised if you see an old bomber flying around Tulsa over the next few days.
The B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" is in town through the weekend selling rides to anyone who wants to experience aviation history first hand.
The bomber is owned and operated by the Experimental Aviation Association, which sells rides on and tours of the B-17 to cover maintenance and operational costs for the aircraft.
Osage SkyNews 6 HD captured air-to-air video of the Flying Fortress as it flew circles over downtown Tulsa on Thursday, November 12, 2015.
Aluminum Overcast is a B-17G-VE, serial number 44-85740. It was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps on May 18, 1945, too late to see action in World War II.
According to the EAA, it was purchased as surplus from the military inventory for a mere $750 in 1946. It's flown more than a million miles while serving as a cargo hauler, an aerial mapping platform and in pest control and forest dusting applications.
It's return to its military roots began in 1978, when it was purchased by a group of investors who wished to preserve the heritage of the B-17. The group, "B-17s Around the World," was headed by Dr. Bill Harrison. Their goal was to return the B-17 to its former glory.
Aluminum Overcast will be operating from Jones Riverside Airport through Sunday afternoon.
2-5 p.m. (unless noted), weather permitting
$10: Individual Rate
$20: Family Rate (adults/children up to 17)
Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult)
Free: Veterans / Active Military
Mission Flights (weather permitting)
$409: EAA Members
$435: EAA Members
Call the onsite crew at 920-371-2244 for more information.