Friday, January 16, 2015 - Aluminum Overcast
Aluminum Overcast, B-17G-105-VE, s/n 44-85740, civil registration N5017N, is one of only a few surviving Boeing B-17 Flying Fortresses in existence. It is owned, operated and maintained by the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) of Oshkosh, WI, and it tours the United States and Canada offering flight experiences.
This particular aircraft was delivered to the U.S. Army Air Corps on 18 May 1945, too late to serve in Europe where most B-17s were destined. It was declared surplus and initially stored in New York, and finally sent to Altus, Oklahoma in November 1945 where it was stripped of all military equipment and sold as "scrap" for $750 in 1946 to Metal Products Co. Later made air-worthy again, it went through a series of owners and a wide variety of uses all over the world. It was finally donated to Experimental Aircraft Association in 1979 and underwent a 10+ year restoration by their volunteers.
This Aluminum Overcast commemorates and carries the colors of 601st Bomb Squadron, 398th Bomb Group (Heavy)'s B-17G #42-102516 that was shot down on its 34th combat mission over Le Manoir, France, on 13 August 1944.
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