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B-17 Flying Fortress visits Eugene Airport

The Experimental Aircraft Association is offering tours and flights aboard the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" at Atlantic Aviation, 60454 Boeing Drive, at Mahlon Sweet Field through Sunday, May 7, 2017. Photos courtesy EAA

EUGENE, Ore. - Would you like to step inside a B-17 Flying Fortress?

Or perhaps take to the sky in the World War II bomber?

The Experimental Aircraft Association is offering tours and flights aboard the B-17 "Aluminum Overcast" at Atlantic Aviation, 60454 Boeing Drive, at Mahlon Sweet Field through Sunday.

The plane could be seen flying over Eugene on Thursday.

"The B-17 Flying Fortress is a World War II bomber used primarily in Europe," according to the Experimental Aircraft Association. "Because of their long range capability, they were known for flying into battle with no fighter escort relying on their own defensive capabilities to ensure a successful mission. After the war, most were cut up for scrap, used for Air Force research or sold in the surplus market."

The Association said less than 15 B-17s remain in airworthy condition today.

Ground tours are offered daily from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Tickets are $10 per person, or $20 per family. Children under 8 are free with a paying adult. Veterans and Active Military can tour the plane for free.

For flights, online booking has now closed, but you can still walk-up and buy a ticket for a flight. Rates are $435 for EAA members; $475 for non-members.

Call (920) 371-2244 to sign up for a flight.

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