LYNCHBURG, VA- 10/29/2019
The vintage World War II B-17 bomber “Aluminum Overcast”, owned by The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA), arrived at Lynchburg Regional Airport this week offering ground tours on Tuesday, October 29th. Aluminum Overcast serves as a tribute to those known as the greatest generation: the bold men and women who built and served on the heavy bombers in the 1940s.
As World War II raged, one American bomber gained prominence across every theater of operation. The Boeing B-17 became known as the “Flying Fortress” due to its 13 mounted .50 caliber machine guns and its reputation for toughness based upon stories and images of sustaining heavy damage and still bringing her aircrews safely back to base. Of the over 12,000 of these bombers that were produced for combat, about 40 remain and only 9 of these remain airworthy. More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is an iconic image of World War II.
During the event, the cadets and senior members of Lynchburg Composite Squadron assisted with parking visitors and directing foot traffic to the viewing area as well as staffing areas for safety and security. Cadets were offered the opportunity to tour the aircraft and assisted in take-off procedures. Members of Lynchburg Composite Squadron were honored to assist with efforts to help maintain a safe environment for spectators to enjoy this piece of military history.