B-17 in Bend on Tuesday


Published May 18, 2013 at 05:00AM / Updated Nov 19, 2013 at 12:31AM

The Bend chapter of the Experimental Aviation Association is hosting a visit from a B-17 bomber Tuesday.

The restored B-17G Flying Fortress is one of only 13 of its kind still flying, according to the EAA. B-17s were widely used as bombers in Europe during World War II, although this particular plane, dubbed the “Aluminum Overcast,” never saw combat.

The EAA will offer ground tours and flights aboard the B-17 at the Bend Municipal Airport. Ground tours, from 2 to 5 p.m., cost $10 per person or $20 per family, and are free for active military, veterans and children younger than 8.

Flights, offered at 10 and 11 a.m., noon and 6 p.m., cost from $409 for EAA members and $449 for non members in advance and $435 for members, $475 for nonmembers for walk-ups.

To book a flight, visit https://secure.eaa.org/B17/securejoin_B17.html, or contact 800-359-6217 or b17 reservations@eaa.org.