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