A restored World War II era B-17 bomber will be available for rides and tours at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The visiting Flying Fortress, called "Aluminum Overcast" and owned by the Experimental Aircraft Association, will be based at the old TAC Air facility at the airport between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Rides booked in advance are $359 for Experimental Aircraft Association members and $399 for non-members. Walk-up prices are $385 for EAA members and $425 for non-members. To book a flight, call 1-800-359-6217 or go to B17.org.
Ground tours are free for veterans, for EAA members who join the organization or renew membership in it on the day of a tour, and for children younger than 8 who are accompanied by a paying adult. Otherwise, the price is $15 for a family and $5 for everyone older than 8.
The visit is sponsored by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky. Museum spokesman Jerry Landreth said a B-17 bomber has visited the Lexington airport about three other times in the past.
Aluminum Overcast was built in 1945 and delivered to the Army Air Corps too late to see active service in the war, according to the Experimental Aircraft Association.
The plane was bought privately as war surplus for $750 and was used in mapping and spraying operations in many countries until 1978, when it was bought by a preservation group. The plane was donated to the EAA Foundation in 1981.