Hangar Talk

Comment on historic aviation by the chief executive of the UK’s Light Aircraft Association

STEVE SLATER
The EAA’s B-17G Aluminum Overcast has restarted experience fl ights in the aftermath of the Collings Foundation Fortress tragedy. USAF

The return to the skies in mid- October of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s B-17G Flying Fortress Aluminum Overcast at WestTheld, Massachusetts, was of specific importance to warbird experience operators, as it marked the type’s comeback to passenger flights after the fatal accident on 2 October to the Collings Foundation’s B-17 Nine-O-Nine in Connecticut. Both the EAA and the Collings Foundation have for many years oThered passenger-carrying trips in a wide range of World War Two aircraft, from the fourengined B-17 and B-24 Liberator, through twin-engined B-25 Mitchells to singleengined fighters such as the P-40 Warhawk and P-51 Mustang.

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