The recent visit of the B-17 Bomber nicknamed "Aluminum Overcast" to Greater Buffalo International Airport was a very positive and emotional event for many people in our area.
Jack Prior, the Prior Aviation staff and airport manager Robert Stone provided the ideal host facilities for this "Flying Museum," which is based in Oshkosh, Wis.
This majestic World War II aircraft serves as an important reminder of the sacrifice of our military and our country during that period. On more than one occasion, men and women in their 70s were seen with tears in their eyes as the B-17 brought back 50-year-old memories.
Members of the 8th Air Force Historical Society provided local, firsthand stories from those war years. Larry Paul of Clarence was highlighted for his survival of 35 B-17 pilot missions before his 20th birthday.
An estimated 1,000 children and adults walked through this aircraft during its four-day stay. The four one-hour flights provided 28 very excited people a rare opportunity to sit in the pilot's seat during flight and actually fly this historic aircraft.
All of the proceeds from the $22,000 raised will be used to keep this "Great Lady" flying and assist our Experimental Aircraft Association local Chapter 46 to rebuild its fire-damaged clubhouse at Buffalo Airfield in West Seneca. We sincerely salute everyone involved.
Donald R. White Orchard Park