B-17 Aluminum Overcast Tour
The B-17G has a remarkable story. One filled with daring missions and personal sacrifice.
You’re now invited to relive that story on a historic flight aboard the EAA’s beautifully restored B-17 Flying Fortress, Aluminum Overcast.
More than just an airplane, the B-17 is living history that holds a remarkable connection to the past and is the most iconic image of World World II.
Today, it serves as a tribute to those known as the greatest generation: the bold men and women who built and served on the heavy bombers in the 1940s.
Relive the story. Join the flight.
We graciously thank Tempest for helping to keep the B-17 flying. All the ticket proceeds support the Experimental Aircraft Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing The Spirit of Aviation with everyone. Our tour stops are hosted by volunteers who are passionate about sharing the B-17’s stories.
For any questions, or if you are interested in booking a full flight at a location, please contact Membership Services at 800-359-6217.
Revenues from the B-17 tour help cover maintenance and operations costs for the aircraft and aid our ambition to “keep ’em flying” for many years to come.
B-17 Experience Pricing
2-5 p.m. (unless noted), weather permitting
$10: Individual Rate
$20: Family Rate: (adults/children up to 17)
Free: Children under 8 (with paying adult)
Free: Veterans / Active Military
$409: EAA Members
$435: EAA Members
May 03 – May 05, 2019 | Rockford, IL United States
All commercial service airports are required by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to conduct a full-scale simulated disaster drill every three years.
RFD will be conducting a simulated aircraft disaster drill on Friday, April 26, 2019.
As part of the exercise, we need up to 100 volunteers to be “victims” of the disaster. All volunteers will play a vital role in the drill. We need victims of all ages (juveniles under the age of 16 must have parental consent and be accompanied by an adult).
All approved volunteers must be present at 7:00 a.m. that morning.
The RFD Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Unit, as well as area fire departments, ambulance services, and emergency management agencies will be participating in the drill.
Volunteers will be selected on a first come, first served basis. Individual information needs to be submitted by Friday,. April 12. Individuals will need to submit their full name, date of birth and contact information. A background check is required to gain access to the secure area of the airport. Once selected, you will receive a confirmation e-mail with details as to time, place, and other pertinent details.
If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the following form:
Sources are reporting a Boeing 737 made an emergency landing at the Rockford Airport around 11 am this morning.
It was experiencing mechanical issues a source told us.
Thankfully, It was able to land safely as many emergency personnel were on scene just in case.
We are not able to confirm it yet, but there was a Boeing 737 that did land at the Rockford Airport around the same time. It is registered to Southern Air. (ATLAS AIR INC) Southern Air 362, SOO362 / 9S362 / N362GT
It appears it was circling the SE area of Iowa for awhile before making the emergency landing, possibly to burn off fuel so it could land.
The Rockford Airport has a 10,000 foot runway capable of handling any kind of aircraft for any situation.
NOTE: Winnebago County Sheriff Office (Or any local police departments) RARELY releases any press releases, so do not expect an update on this story. Sorry, but this is what happens when they encrypted.
Sources are reporting a vehicle has crashed into a utility pole.
It happened on S Main near the airport just before 3:30 pm.
A vehicle crashed into a utility pole.
Injuries are being reported. Unknown on the severity of the injuries.
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Santa and Mrs. Claus and two of their elves made a early Christmas visit to RFD today via a non-stop flight on UPS Airlines from the North Pole. They delivered gifts to approx 100 children as part of the Annual RFD/Toys For Tots Santa Flight. Other sponsors included The USMC Reserve, UPS and UPS Airlines, the Rockford Police Dept, The RFD Aircraft Rescue and Fire Fighting Dept and OSF Aviation.
What many people do not know is the Rockford Airport hosts all kinds of types of flights. General aviation, Cargo, Experimental, Military, Charters, and they even host the United States Department Of Justice Prisoner And Alien Transportation Service 88
This aircraft that many of you saw is actually “Conair“ a Boeing 737 United States Department Of Justice Prisoner And Alien Transportation Service 88
U S MARSHALS SERVICE
They fly into the Rockford Airport to transport prisoners often.
That is one of many cool things that happens out at the Rockford Airport.
Other things at the Rockford Airport: New England Patriots backup jet is currently parked at the Rockford Airport
Celebrities, Politicians, High level CEO’s, all fly into Rockford Airport all the time. You can also see military aircraft, experimental aircraft, general aviation, etc…
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Video by Chris BREAKING: BOMB THREAT AT THE ROCKFORD AIRPORT
Source sent us the following screenshot. According to this, these passengers were boarding a plane at the Rockford Airport and were checking in a bag. The bag has 2 Christmas ornaments and a bottle of vodka in it. They tried to tell the airport authorities what it was, but they still evacuated the building. They detained the 2 guys in police squad cars while they investigated. They were able to confirm it was not a bomb and gave the all clear.
UPDATE: Police have the airport area blocked off. Initial reports are saying it was a bomb threat. Sources have told us. They do believe it is a possible bomb. The bomb squad is on scene. Rockford Fire Department ambulance went out there with lights and sirens, unknown on injuries at this time. Still developing
Details are minimal right now due to the encryption.
Sources are reporting a bomb threat the Rockford Airport.
They are evacuating the Rockford Airport. Almost 200 people have been evacuated. Several emergency personnel are en route to the scene.
This is still developing, check back later for updates