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World War II bomber flying into town

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Amy Lisenbe/Sun News Service file photoAluminum Overcast, a World War II B-17 bomber, will be at the Truckee Tahoe Airport on May 5-6.

TRUCKEE “-A World War II bomber is making a stop at Truckee Tahoe Airport next week.

The Aluminum Overcast, B-17 bomber restored by the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be flying into Truckee Tahoe Airport for ground tours and flights on May 5 and 6.

World War II veterans, veteran B-17 crew members, and original World War II B-17 memorabilia will also be at the airport.

The Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945, but was delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in World War II.

It was purchased as war surplus for $750 by a private individual, and served in mapping and spraying operations in many countries until a preservation group purchased it in 1978.

The B-17 was donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association Aviation Foundation in 1981 with the provision of being maintained in airworthy condition. After being displayed at the AirVenture Museum in Oshkosh, Wis., for a decade, the airplane made its national tour debut in the spring of 1994.

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Ground tours will be offered from 2-5 p.m. May 5 and 6.

Rates: $5 per Person; $15 per Family. Children under 8 free when accompanied by paying adult. Ground tours are free to all active military or veterans. The airplane’s crew is available at each stop to answer questions.

For more information, go to http://www.b17.org.