The Fortress Folks

Flight Journal - - SO YOU WANNA FLY A WARBIRD -

Nearly ev­ery B-17 in the United States that is still fly­ing is now be­ing used to of­fer warbird en­thu­si­ast rides. And these are true rides, not flight in­struc­tion, and ex­ist un­der a dif­fer­ent set of very spe­cial FARs than the warbird flight school op­er­a­tors do. Also, most of the B-17s tour the coun­try giv­ing rides at dif­fer­ent lo­ca­tions all sum­mer long. These are in ad­di­tion to the B-17 “909” that the Collings Foun­da­tion tours with.

The B-17 Alu­minum Over­cast was a fire-ant bomber un­til it was res­cued by a group of en­thu­si­asts, who do­nated it to the EAA in the ’70s. It has been on tour, giv­ing rides for many years. (Photo cour­tesy of the EAA)

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