We all have things that we’ve always wanted to do. Some are big and some are small. Sometimes you get to share them with those you love. I got to do one of those things.
This afternoon my son and I went on a 30 minute flight aboard the B-17G Aluminum Overcast. This aircraft is owned and operated by the Experimental Aircraft Association out of Oshkosh Wisconsin. This aircraft never saw combat as it was completed in May 18, 1945, but it still serves as a reminder of all of those aircraft that served in WWII.
The flight itself was brief, but it offered enough time to explore the aircraft. The bombardiers position and flight deck were treats. The view up front with the plexi nose is all you would imagine it to be.
What I really enjoyed was seeing the twin Pratt radials working on each wing. The sound and vibration were fantastic. Not loud, but nice. I don’t think they were pushing the aircraft that hard.
The aircraft was cramped, but easy to get around in civilian clothes. I can’t imagine what it was like at altitude, in sheep skin and on oxygen.
The B-17 floated off the runny and settled just as easily. The tail wagged back and forth in the bunny air we had today, but it wasn’t unpleasant.
Before the flight I reminded my son, who’s 14, to soak it in. The sounds, vibrations and views. I think he got what I hoped he would out of it. I think I did too.