WWII bomber plane visits Central Illinois


Aluminum Overcast, a B-17 World War II bomber plane, landed at Willard Airport last week. The showcase was part of a national tour from the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA).  

The U.S. Army Air Force flew B-17s primarily in Europe during WWII. Due to its long range capabilities, the planes were known for flying into battle with no escort. Today, there are less than 10 in the world that still fly. 

“This airplane should be behind velvet ropes in a museum and you’d see it from a distance,” says pilot Neil Morrison. “This one… your’e gonna be in it, around it, touching it, feeling it, smelling the old smell. That’s a unique opportunity.”

The EAA says Aluminum Overcast is on tour now through November. You can find the full list of tour stops here.

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