Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Bit of History Lands at Airport.

Byline: Joseph Ditzler Of the Journal

Restored B-17 In Santa Fe Until Thursday

For a classic, the Aluminum Overcast rides surprisingly smooth, seats nine comfortably with plenty of leg room and gets 1,850 miles on a full tank.

And you can't beat the view from the bombardier's seat.

The Overcast, a refurbished B-17 "Flying Fortress" bomber of the World War II era, pulled into the Santa Fe Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon and shut down its four, throaty 1,200-horsepower Wright-Cyclone engines for a four-day visit.

The aircraft, visiting Santa Fe for the first time, is available for inspection until Thursday, when it departs for Tucson. Although anyone can see the big warbird for free, its owner, the Experimental Aircraft Association of Oshkosh, Wis., charges for inside tours and flights.

The money funds the maintenance and continued restoration of the aircraft, as well as association programs at its local chapters, including the Los Alamos chapter, said local member Jeff Scott.

The low-flying aircraft passed over the city at 4 p.m. Monday on its way to Los Alamos, where it buzzed the airfield and returned to Santa Fe, mission accomplished. …

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