Flying the Friendly Skies

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Several plane enthusiasts took a joy ride on the legendary B-17 Flying Fortress during Tuesday’s Aluminum Overcast tour at the Arlington Municipal Airport.

The flying, which was co-hosted by Harrison Aviation and the  Arlington Municipal Airport , featured a beautiful B-17 bomber originally built in the 1930’s. The Boeing B-17 is often referred to as the Flying Fortress because the plane is armed with bombs and thirteen .50 caliber machine guns.

The B-17 was the first Boeing military aircraft with a flight deck instead of an open cockpit and it features clear blister machine gun mounts, which makes it easier for gunners to see their targets.

Over the years, 12,000 B-17s have been built. Only 11 remain in the United States.