Aluminum Overcast

Chase Cavanaugh

One of the last airworthy B-17 bombers stopped in Rockford Friday and Saturday for public tours.

The plane, christened Aluminum Overcast, was built in 1945, and later donated to the Experimental Aircraft Association. One of the visitors was 96-year-old tailgunner Ray Moore of Aurora.  Members of his bomber group, the 398th, helped keep this plane airworthy over the years. 

"Our bomb group paid to have this plane painted and we also put the number 3 engine on it," he said.

Doug Connell / Engine Studio

Rockford Airfest is canceled this year, but there are still plenty of opportunities for area fans to experience vintage aircraft up close over the next few weeks.