What the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) calls the most iconic image of World War II will make a tour stop in Peoria.
A B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast will be on display near Byerly Aviation at the Peoria International Airport June 14-16.
The B-17 included an armament of 13 Browning M-2 .250 caliber machine guns that could fire at a rate of 13 rounds per second. No gun on a B-17 carried more than one minute’s supply of ammunition.
Depending on the types of bombs, the B-17 Flying Fortress’ maximum load could go to 8,000 pounds. If B-17 was fitted with special external racks, maximum short-range bomb load could go as high as 17,600 pounds.
Production peaked at 16 airplanes day in April 1944. Today there are about a dozen B-17’s still flying.
The aircraft, for a fee, will be open for ground tours and even full “Mission Flights.”
Tempest is helping to keep the B-17 flying. All ticket proceeds support EAA, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the Spirit of Aviation. Tour stops are hosted by volunteers.
Revenues from the B-17 tour stop help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft.
More information on the B-17 along with tour and flight fees can be found HERE.
Aluminum Overcast is owned and operated by EAA and is based at EAA’s AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.