Restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” Bomber To Visit Leesburg Airport

Restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” Bomber To Visit Leesburg Executive Airport on August 17-19, 2012

Flights and ground tours of historic WWII aircraft available during visit

On August 17 through 19, 2012, the Aluminum Overcast, a restored World War II B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber, returns to the Leesburg Executive Airport as part of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s 2012 “Honor Their Legacy” tour.

During the tour stop in Leesburg, the EAA will offer B-17 flight missions and ground tours of the aircraft.

One of only fourteen Fortresses still flying, the Aluminum Overcast is an icon of the Allied strategic bombing effort that helped turn the tide of battle in World War II. 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.

“The national tour that the EAA undertakes each year has become the nation’s most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an up-close way,” said Rod Hightower, EAA president. “The EAA is dedicated to preserving the spirit of aviation through these B-17 tours. We take great pride in saluting all our nation’s veterans as the airplane travels the country, showcasing a living link to history for all generations to enjoy.”

For complete information about the B-17 Tour and its stop in Leesburg, including flight and ground tour prices, please visit www.b17.org/leesburg1.

Comments

  1. Bill Lukens says:

    I have seen this bomber at Leesburg Airport (JYO) several times. My best memory when I was working midnight shift at the Automated Flight Service Station and the bomber was parked right out the back door. During my lunch break, I was able to walk around, peering into the windows and gun turrets, smelling the gasoline and oil and the burned smell of a working radial engine. I thought of the young men, some just teenagers, who flew through the German, Italian, and Japanese flak to pursue our interests in WWII. There were also many young women who transported those planes to the fronts around the world, delivering them to our pilots and crewmen.

    It reinforced the pride I have felt for the men and women who serve our country to this day. Although I fervently believe that mankind can and will find a way to peacefully solve our issues, here and abroad, I sleep better at night knowing that there are thousands, if not millions, of people who will step up to the challenge of protecting this nation and it’s ideals in the face of enemy actions.

    This plane is symbol and a piece of our history reflecting back to the time when our grandfathers and their generation fought the war in the 1940s. Take the time to visit and support this bit of our history.

  2. Roscoe Evans says:

    My father was a gunner on a B-17, so I see them whenever I can.

    Bill’s right–many of the crew were kids, but so too were a slew of the rest of our men and women in uniform. My father was an old man by comparison. But his family were German speaking pacifists, and when the U.S. went to war, they all took Hitler personally. When my father volunteered, his 3 brothers joined, too, and his one sister became a nurse.

    The statistics were stacked against the guys who flew heavy bombers, especially over France and Germany. One of the better books I’ve seen on the subject was by Stephen Ambrose. It focused on the B-24 in southern Europe, and on George McGovern’s crew. Sure, Ambrose was a bit of a plagiarizer, and it was the “other” heavy bomber of the war, but it was a great book. And all those guys and gals were real heroes.