17 Feb 2018 / by Erik / in Destinations
Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress – World War II Aircraft Tour
While visiting our friends at National Indoor RV in Phoenix our good friend, and RV technical master (Steve!), invited us to join him on a tour of a World War II Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress named “Aluminum Overcast” (Technically a B-17G). This aircraft is an amazing piece of history and has been meticulously restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association or EAA as they are know. Just under 13,000 of these amazing aircrafts were ever built by Boeing and only 39 remain in the United States today. The B-17 is quite an amazing piece of history, but flying inside was no luxury. With no heat and temperatures often well below freezing, brave veterans not only risked their lives to win the war, but did so under quite unpleasant conditions.
Experimental Aircraft Association
The EAA flies this and other aircraft all over the country providing normal folks like us the opportunity to tour this amazing piece of history. Ground tours are $10.00 per person ($20.00 for a family) and kids under 8 years old are free. What we really enjoyed was that the tours were staffed by actual veterans. They were so friendly and willing to share their knowledge about this amazing plane and its history and significance to the war effort.
If you’d like to take the experience to the next level, you can also go on a flight tour in this amazing aircraft. That privilege will set you back $449.00 (less if you are an EAA member) but that truly is a once in a lifetime experience.
Plan Your Own Tour
More information on where the EAA and the B-17 will be can be found at their website located here.
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