The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) occasionally bring their beautifully restored 1944 Boeing B–17G Flying Fortress to a number of Florida airfields as part of their B–17 Aluminium Overcast Tour.
They also tour with a Ford Tri-Motor either on its own or accompanying the B–17.
Two other warbird organisations regularly arrange tours of Florida during the Spring months; namely the Collings Foundation with their Wings of Freedom Tour and the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) with their [AirPower History Tour].
The last time the EAA toured with the B–17 named “Aluminium Overcast” was in 2015 and it was accompanied at a couple of venues by a 1920s Ford Tri-Motor “Tin Goose” airliner.
They fly into a number of regional airports and ground tours are $10 for adults and children over the age of 7. Children under 8 are free. Families with children up to the age of 17 can buy a family ticket for $20.
You can also get some idea of what it was like to fly in these amazing aircraft with rides being available in both the aircraft.
For the B–17 advance purchase flight tickets are $409 for EAA members and $449 for non-members. Walk-up prices are $435 and $475 respectively.
For the Ford Tri-Motor advance purchase flight tickets are $70. Walk-up prices are $75.
B–17 Aluminium Overcast Tour Schedule (Florida Locations)
The B–17 Flying Fortress will be attending all the Florida destinations. The Ford Tri-Motor was only expected at two designations, marked with an asterisk (*).
Tour schedule/locations for 2015 were:
|January 30 to February 1, 2015||St. Pete-Clearwater International Airport|
|February 6 to 8, 2015||Sarasota/Bradenton International Airport *|
|February 13 to 15, 2015||Sebring Regional Airport|
|February 20 to 22, 2015||Miami Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport *|
|February 27 to March 1, 2015||Vero Beach Municipal Airport|
|March 6 to 8, 2015||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport|
|March 13 to 15, 2015||Zephyrhills Municipal Airport|
|March 27 to 29, 2015||Flagler County Airport|
|April 17 to 19, 2015||New Smyrna Beach Municipal Airport|
|April 21 to 26, 2015||Lakeland Linder Regional Airport [Sun ’n Fun Fly-In and Convention]|
The venues with an asterisk (*) also hosted the Ford Tri-Motor.
History of the Experimental Aircraft Association
The Experimental Aircraft Association was originally founded in 1953 to support and promote recreational sports flying. Today it has over 180,000 members worldwide.
The biggest event of the year is the annual EAA AirVenture at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Over 500,000 people attend with over 10,000 aircraft flying in to the airfield over the week long event.