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HomeB-17 Vintage WWII Bomber Tours the USA
B-17 Vintage Bomber of WWII is available for walk through tours and flights

"The national tour EAA undertakes each year has become the nation's most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an up-close way," said EAA President Tom Poberezny. "EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. 

Each year, we also take great pride in saluting all our nation's veterans as the airplane makes its way throughout our country."

The tour's second leg takes place in the fall following a full week at "home" during EAA AirVenture Oshkosh (July 28-August 3). At each stop, flight "missions" are available in the airplane, with special pre-book rates for EAA members and non-members. Group ground-tour rates are available for schools or other large groups, and the airplane's crew is available at each location to answer questions. For more information regarding flight missions and ground tours, visit, or contact EAA's B-17 Tour Office at 800-359-6217.

EAA has conducted national B-17 tours since 1994, providing thousands of aviation enthusiasts once-in-a-lifetime opportunities to experience the Flying Fortress. For some, seeing the airplane up close is an emotional reunion from years ago when they served their country aboard a Flying Fortress.

Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945, but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. It was purchased as war surplus for $750 by a private individual, and served in mapping and spraying operations in many countries until a preservation group purchased it in 1978. The B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision that the aircraft be maintained in airworthy condition.

After being displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in the spring of 1994. Members of the EAA Warbirds of America who are experienced in World War II airplane operations fly the airplane, which is painted in the colors of the 398th Bomb Group.

EAA180 is pleased to present the B-17.     Visit for tour dates and locations.