Peek Inside Rare WWII Bomber ‘Aluminum Overcast’ [VIDEO]
TRENTON - A rare B-17 bomber made a stop at the Trenton Mercer Airport Monday during a national "Salute to Veterans" tour and members of the public were able to get an inside look at the fully-restored war plane.
The Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) WWII bomber is one of only 13 still flying.
Rich Krikorian, Crew Chief says the aircraft came off the assembly line in 1945.
"So it didn't see any action," Krikorian says, "That's one reason why it's in such good shape."
The bomber, named "Aluminum Overcast" makes stops at airports all over the country.
At the tour stops, 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 are offered 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 tour or see a full list of EAA's 2012 tour stops.
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."