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Classic WWII Bomber Making NJ Stops on “Salute to Veterans” Tour

A rare and fully-restored B-17 bomber will be making stops in New Jersey during a national “Salute to Veterans” tour and members of the public are invited to tour or take a flight on the plane.

B-17  Bomber the Aluminum Overcast (Handout Photo: EAA)
B-17 Bomber the Aluminum Overcast (Handout Photo: EAA)

The Experimental Aircraft Association’s WWII warplane is one of only 13 still flying. The bomber, named “Aluminum Overcast” will be making stops in Caldwell Aug. 10-12 and at the Mercer Airport in Trenton August 14-15.

Visitors are welcome to come and get an up-close look at the historic warplane and there is no charge for active military members or veterans.

Self-guided tours will be available from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. and cost $10 for adults or $20 per family.

Flight experiences are available to members of the public for $449 if booked in advance. Prices go up to $475 if booked at the premises. Call 1-800-359-6217 to book in advance. Read FAQs about flight tours.

The Boeing B-17 “Flying Fortress” bomber was used during WWII and was crewed with a pilot, co-pilot, navigator, bombardier, flight engineer (top turret gunner), radio operator, 2 waist gunners, a tail gunner and a ball turret gunner.

“The national tour EAA undertakes each year had become the nation’s most popular way to learn about this unique aircraft in an up-close way,” Rod Hightower, president of EAA says. “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 plane travels the country, showcasing a living link to history for generations to enjoy.”

NJ 101.5 News Director Eric Scott will be on the flight during its Monday stop to bring you video from inside the plane. Check back on Tuesday for footage from the flight and a close-up look inside the warplane.

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