You all know that airports are good places to see rare birds, right? Well, this weekend Rochester International Airport is the best place in the Upper Midwest to spot the "Aluminum Overcast," an extremely rare B-17 Flying Fortress, or "war bird" as some people like to call them.
I've been anxiously waiting for today ever since I saw a news item in last weekend's paper saying there was going to be a B-17 visiting Rochester this weekend. Shortly after I got home from work this morning, I heard the plane flying (that's one of the advantages of living close to the airport!)
I grabbed my camera and binoculars and hopped in the car to head over to a spot that I know is close to the runway; with a strong wind from the northwest, I knew they would have to use that runway for landing. I was the first person there, but it wasn't long before some other folks with cameras showed up too. While we waited and chatted for a short time, the "Aluminum Overcast" finally appeared on the horizon. As it circled around to approach the runway, we knew we were all in the perfect spot for the plane to fly right over us.
Check out this awesome video I was able to film......didn't I tell you it was the perfect spot!
To find out more about this fantastic piece of flying history, please click on the following link: