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June 20, 2013

B-17 bomber to make a stop in Norman

NORMAN — The Experimental Aircraft Association’s restored B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast has returned to the skies and is touring the country, providing spectators a chance to see the World War II relic.

The Flying Fortress, as it was called, will make a stop in Norman on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at the University Of Oklahoma Max Westheimer Airport. For $475, walk-up spectators can go aboard the B-17 bomber and take a flight around the city. Pre-booked rides are $435.

Ground tours cost $10 for an individual or $20 for a family. Veterans and children under the age of 8 are admitted for free.

EAA’s Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945 but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II. The B-17 was donated to the EAA Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision of the aircraft being maintained in air-worthy condition.

After being displayed at the EAA AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in spring 1994.

For more information on EAA and its programs, call 800-JOIN-EAA (800-564-6322) or visit eaa.org.

— Transcript Staff

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