The Fortress Folks
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)