First, the tanks must be topped up . . .
. . . and the windshield cleaned . . .
. . . before the four 9-cylinder 1,200hp Wright Cyclone radials can be fired up.
Then it was time roll out . . .
. . . and taxi to the north end of the runway.
Tail up . . .
. . . and the Fortress is flying.
Aluminum Overcast over Leesburg
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In the afternoon I returned for a closer look.
Aluminum Overcast travels with two pilots, a flight engineer, and mechanics. A lot of the required maintenance and many repairs are addressed in the field. The plane is based and winters in Osh Kosh, Wisconsin, home of the EAA.
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