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Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress (N5017N)


The Experimental Aircraft Association's "Aluminum Overcast" (N5017N, a B-17G) swings into its parking position on the ramp at Reno Stead Airport at 12:45 yesterday afternoon (30 Mar 2017). Its arrival from Napa, CA (KAPC) was delayed due to heavy snow squalls in the area around Stead and Reno, but a well-timed arrival enabled the crew to land at RTS between the squalls. The bomber will be at RTS until Sunday.


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Isaac Vogelzang
Great photo! Thanks for sharing it!
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Hi, Isaac. Thanx. I was out there for over 4 hours awaiting its arrival. It was due in midmorning but the winds were gusting at over 55 MPH and the snow squalls kept rolling thru the area reducing the visibility to well below minimums. In fact, I was there a total of (almost) six hours ... and in all that time this was the only aircraft that landed. I was permitted lone access on to the ramp after it was parked (the media flight was canceled and rescheduled) so I was able to click hundreds of great shots, but in many of them the snow is falling heavily.
Hey, where have you been? I've been checking but nothing new from you in a long while.
Gary, this is an exemplary photo capture of "Aluminum Overcast"!
Alan Brown
Great photo of a truly wonderful plane. I enjoyed my media flight in Denver a couple of years ago.
Christian GUILLARD
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
To Cliff, Alan, and Christian .... Your comments are very much appreciated. Thank you.
Don Lynch
There should be room for an extra star...
Gary SchenauerPhoto Uploader
Don ... Very much appreciate your comment. TYVVM. (Wave)
Tom Vance
" ba dup ba dup ba dup ba dup ba dup" I can just hear those big radials a turning,,!!

April 21st at RDD I'll be there.!!! 5x4*** Gman for everyone turning.!!
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Date Aircraft Origin Destination Departure Arrival Duration
18-Oct-2018 UnknownManassas Rgnl ()Manassas Rgnl () 03:06PM EDT 03:16PM EDT 0:09
18-Oct-2018 UnknownManassas Rgnl ()Manassas Rgnl () 02:25PM EDT 02:41PM EDT 0:16
17-Oct-2018 B17Lancaster ()Manassas Rgnl () 11:29AM EDT 12:26PM EDT 0:56
14-Oct-2018 UnknownNear Lancaster, PALancaster () 11:42AM EDT 12:06PM EDT 0:24
14-Oct-2018 UnknownNear Lancaster, PALancaster () 10:41AM EDT 11:04AM EDT 0:22
13-Oct-2018 UnknownLancaster ()Lancaster () 05:37PM EDT 06:07PM EDT 0:30
13-Oct-2018 UnknownLancaster ()Lancaster () 12:26PM EDT 12:52PM EDT 0:25
13-Oct-2018 UnknownLancaster ()Lancaster () 11:13AM EDT 11:36AM EDT 0:22
13-Oct-2018 UnknownLancaster ()Lancaster () 10:15AM EDT 10:41AM EDT 0:25
11-Oct-2018 UnknownLancaster ()Lancaster () 02:29PM EDT 02:51PM EDT 0:22
10-Oct-2018 UnknownAkron-Canton Rgnl ()Lancaster () 02:32PM EDT 04:24PM EDT 1:51
10-Oct-2018 UnknownWittman Rgnl ()Akron-Canton Rgnl () 09:34AM CDT 01:28PM EDT 2:54
08-Oct-2018 UnknownNear Oshkosh, WIWittman Rgnl () 04:48PM CDT 05:15PM CDT 0:26
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