An excellent article. Thanks.I had the opportunity to ride Aluminum
Overcast out of Ogden a few years ago. An incredible experience.But
even more incredible was the chance to meet one of the heroes who actually flew
them in combat. He was wheeled out to the plane in a wheelchair and sat there
looking and stroking the aluminum skin and rivets.Someone offered
him his own ticket if the old man wanted to ride a B-17 once more. But with
tears in his eyes, the veteran shook his head. He explained that only one trip
had been enough. On his first mission, his plane was hit. A wing came off and
the plane began spinning so violently that centrifugal force pinned everyone
inside. By some miracle, this man slid out an open gun port and was suddenly
free-falling. His chute opened. He was captured.And he was the
only one of ten who survived.There were tears in many other eyes as
we saluted him that day.Thank you, EAA, for keeping this thing
flying. There are only about 9 left in the sky now.And thank you,
all the brave men who flew them.
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