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Coming Home to Poppa

Coming Home to Poppa

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Coming Home to Poppa

World War Two B-17 "Flying Fortress" bombers never knew if they were going to come home in one piece.

But this old gal, named "Aluminum Overcast," was built after the end of the war in Europe and so
has enjoyed a much safer, more cared for existence, away from the dangers of antiaircraft barrages,
or attacks by squadrons of high performance enemy fighters.

Here, she is returning to Poppa after a day of carrying contented fans in the calm
skies over the Virginia Piedmont on an autumn visit to Manassas Regional Airport.

With some Glenn Miller (*) playing on the airport's tarmac, she arrives at the ramp, ready for some
TLC, a filling of her tanks with AvGas (**), and having her warm radial engines wrapped up for the night.

From a film image, taken on her visit in October 2016; it makes its first appearance here.

©2019 Steve Ember

The Smell of AvGas in the Evening...
The Smell of AvGas in the Evening...
Steve Ember

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