WWII B-17 Airplane Tours

Walking in the parking lot in downtown Herndon, I happen to notice two ladies, one of the ladies had on an interesting WWII B-17 Airplane flight jacket on. I was curious about her unusual jacket and the WWII B-17 Airplane tours so we began to talk.

Tour Coordinator for WWII B017 Bomber

It turns out, that Mary Dominiak is a B-17 Tour Coordinator, Aluminum Overcast. She is part of a crew which gives B-17 Airplane tours. The flight is in an authentic WWII B-17 bomber. Each flight experience is about one hour long of which 24 minutes is in the air.

I rarely post photographs of individuals. However, Mary’s story about the World World II airplanes is a story worth telling.

Flight Jacket

B-17 WWII Airplane

The photograph on the left is a side view of Mary’s jacket.

The yellow, red and blue stripes on the sleeve of Mary’s flight jacket gives the years of her flight service.

The Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress is a four-engine heavy bomber from the 1930’s, made for the United States Army Air Corps (USAAC). During WWII, B-17s made strategic bombing campaigns against German industrial, military and civilian targets.

To a lesser extent, it was used in the Pacific war conducting raids against Japanese shipping and airfields.

Mary Dominiak B-17 Tour Coordinator, Aluminum Overcast

B-17 Bomber Facts

During WWII the B-17 was a high-flying, long-range bomber. It had a reputation for resilience based on stories and photographs of severely damaged B-17s safely returning from missions.

The B-17 dropped more bombs than any other U.S. aircraft in World War II.

Hopefully, I got all the information correct on the airplane and its history.

The photograph on the right shows the back of the flight jacket with an embordered B-17 Bomber.

The Flight Jacket and Ending Notes of the WWII B-17 Airplane Tours

If you’re wondering if you can buy this neat flight jacket, it is not for sale.

The only way you can get one is become part of the B-17 crew of the WWII B-17 Airplane Tours.

For more information or taking a flight on this historic bomber airplane, please see the web site of (EAA) or B17.org.

A Big Thank You to Mary Dominiak for allowing me to use her interesting story and take photographs for today’s blog.

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