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UPDATED: Fly in restored B-17 bomber today

Ground tours of Flying Fortress follow flights end today.

Posted: April 1, 2008 1:17 p.m.
Updated: June 2, 2008 5:02 a.m.

If you're flying a fighter and attacking a B-17G from behind, you'll get a pair of 50-caliber machine guns in your face.

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Aviation history buffs and veterans alike have another opportunity to flash back to 1945 today and by taking a flight in a restored B-17G Flying Fortress bomber.

Flights take off from Gen. William J. Fox Airfield in Lancaster from 8:25 a.m. through 2 p.m., and the plane, the "Aluminum Overcast," is open for grand tours on the tarmac from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

After takeoff, "crewmembers" are allowed to move throughout the plane - including behind the pilots in the cockpit, in the nose, through the bomb bay, and in the waist of the fuselage.

"Aluminum Overcast" is on a national tour dubbed "Salute to Veterans" organized by the Experimental Aircraft Association, which owns and operates the gleaming aircraft.

Flights are $385 for EAA members, $425 for non-members (which includes a membership).

Ground tours are $5 per person, $15 per family (up to 17 adults and kids). Children younger than 8 are free with a paying adult. Tours are free for all veterans and active members of the military.

For reservations, call 1-(920) 371-2246. For more info about the "Aluminum Overcast" and B-17 history, visit www.b17.org.

See Friday's Escape for an exclusive interview with Lt. Col. Springer and more exclusive photos.

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