The B-17G has a remarkable story. One filled with daring missions and personal sacrifice. More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is the most iconic image of World War II. These are stories of those who have or will come aboard EAA’s Aluminum Overcast.
Throughout the years, the EAA B-17 has flown many veterans and family members of veterans, and flew someone who has another B-17 close to their heart. When one mentions the B-17, it’s hard to not think of one of the most famous aircraft of the type: the Memphis Belle. Col. Robert Morgan piloted the Memphis Belle and he and his crew were the first to fly 25 missions over Europe and returned to the U.S. Upon their return, the crew embarked on a war bond tour. Over the years, the crew stayed in touch and the last of the surviving crew passed away in the early 2000s. Robert’s widow, Linda, was able to join us on Aluminum Overcast. Afterwards she said, “I went home after my special flight, and said a few words to Bob like I do every night. Only this time I felt a little closer to him.” The Memphis Belle is currently under restoration at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force.