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EAA brings together complete WWII aircraft crew for Monday flight

B-17G-VE "Aluminum Overcast", serial number 44-85740, at EAA's 2006 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. (Photo from: Wikimedia Commons).
B-17G-VE "Aluminum Overcast", serial number 44-85740, at EAA's 2006 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. (Photo from: Wikimedia Commons).

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - Here's something that may never happen again. A complete aircraft crew from World War II will make a flight on Monday in Oshkosh.

The Experimental Aircraft Association has brought together veterans from Wisconsin to represent each of the ten bomber-crew positions in a B-17. That in itself is a real accomplishment, since most 1940's war veterans have died and the remaining ones are getting into their 90s.

The EAA crew includes the pilot, co-pilot, navigator, flight engineer, bombardier, radio operator, and gunners -- all from World War II.

They'll fly an aircraft that the EAA will take on a national tour of over 40 cities starting April 18th. The plane is the Aluminum Overcast. It was built as the war was ending, so it never made a combat mission.

The EAA has owned the plane since 1981. It's among the last remaining B-17's that are air worthy.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)

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