Museum offers B-17 ground school


SEATTLE — On May 18 and 19, The Museum of Flight will be offering a two-day course about the iconic, World War II Boeing B-17 bomber. The “ground school” will familiarize participants in the design, construction, operation and performance of the aircraft and includes a flight in the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17, “Aluminum Overcast” (pictured below). [Read more…]

Airshow to feature B-17 bomber


A fourth aerobatics act has been added to The Wings over Waukesha Air Show, as former US Air Force A-10 pilot Jim Leavelle will be performing in his T-6, along with Jim “Fang” Maroney Super Chipmunk aerobatics, Dave Dacy-Tony Kazian wingwalking, and Dr. Bill Blank Super Decathlon aerobatics.

The airshow, which will be held Aug. 25 and 26, at the Waukesha County Airport (UES) in Wisconsin, also will feature the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” bomber from World War II, which will offer rides and tours.

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EAA’s B-17 damaged by hail


A freak hailstorm that hit late last Wednesday while the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17 “Aluminum Overcast” was parked on the ramp outside Signature Flight Service at Denver’s Centennial Airport caused extensive control surface damage. EAA officials report the airframe will not require repair, but that was not the case for the fabric-covered ailerons and elevators. Read more here.

WWII bomber crews at Fantasy of Flight

Everyone knows how World War II ended, but many people have never before heard personal, firsthand accounts of the men and women who lived through it. On Friday, April 13, and Saturday, April 14, Fantasy of Flight will continue its Legends & Legacies Symposium Series with “Unspoken Valor: The Bomber Crews of World War II.”

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Miss EAA’s B-17 on Pawn Stars?

If you missed seeing EAA’s B-17 on the Dec. 19 episode of the History Channel’s hit show Pawn Stars, you haven’t lost out — the show is available online through the Pawn Stars website. Richard Harrison, better known as “Old Man” on the series, and Austin Russell (Chumlee) visited Aluminum Overcast during its Oct. 11-12 tour stop at North Las Vegas Airport (VGT). George Daubner, EAA B-17 program manager, provided a ground tour, followed by a flight in the venerable bomber. Click here to watch.

A time for reflection

Jamie Beckett is a CFI and A&P mechanic who stepped into the political arena in an effort to promote and protect GA at his local airport.

This time of year, more than any other, strikes me as a good time for reflection on the world around us. Sandwiched in between the traditional Thanksgiving feast and the good intentions of our New Year’s resolutions, we each have a brief period of time to look back, or look around, and renew our awareness of what is good and noble and worthwhile in our world.

In this space I generally try to make a point or two about how the aviation community can help itself in the political arena. But in this installment, I will depart from that theme somewhat to shine a light on a gentleman who seeks no fame or public recognition at all. We should all be aware of him anyway — and we should keep in mind that he is not alone. The subject of this posting is Jack Cheppo, an unassuming and unfailingly tidy gentleman who I am fortunate to have met and formed a friendship of sorts.

Jack is fond of shrugging lightly as he finishes a story, tossing in a quick, “Anybody could’a done it.” I beg to differ.

Jack spent his career working for AT&T in the days before the big telephone break-up. New Jersey was his home turf an based on his demeanor and level of personal and professional responsibility, I suspect Jack was very good at his job. But being a telephone man isn’t what makes Jack a giant in my eyes. It was his time in the left seat of a B-17 bomber over Europe, and his almost casual dismissal of any praise that comes his way in conversations about his exploits in the air.

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