The Aluminum Overcast has three forward-looking compartments: a gunner’s roost at the top, the pilots’ deck just below that, and the clear nose cone in front, which gave excellent views to gunners on either side of the nose. Photo copyright 2012 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.
We wrote about this event a few weeks ago, and it’s an annual affair. You can still catch EAA’s B-17 bomber at Lewis University Airport this weekend. Even if you can’t afford the pricy tariff for a ride, you can still get a tour on the ground for cheap. The airport is maybe a mile west of IL 53/Route 66 on Renwick Road. You’ll see the drive on the north side of Renwick. Just follow the crowds, and you can’t miss it. And for the armchair travelers, EAA has a page full of photos from the tour.
They don’t call August the dog days without cause: it’s so hot that you pant and don’t want to do much, other than maybe listen to that great tune by the same name by Leigh ‘Lil Queenie’ Harris on her album Polychrome Junction. By now, all of you are thanking your stars that your A/C still works. Up here in northeastern Illinois, we haven’t had that awful a summer, generally speaking – but we have had a few outrageous days in the high-90-degree range and one 100-degree day (ouch). Today was another one of those scorchers; even cruising with the top down doesn’t make you feel better midday. But in the evening … ahhh, what a difference!
Joe, Keith and I are looking forward to A/C and a road trip this coming Sunday, August 25th, for the next screening of our documentary filmRemembering Jewish Lawndale, a spin-off project that resulted from all the research we did on that neighborhood for our upcoming Route 66 book. The screening will be for the Jewish Genealogical Society and will be held at Beth Israel Synagogue, 3601 Dempster in Skokie. We’ll have a short introduction at 1:30 p.m., show the film at 2 p.m., then do a Q&A session with Dr. Irving Cutler, one of the people interviewed in the film.
Hey, Route 66 roadies: The annual Berwyn Route 66 Car Show along Ogden Avenue is coming up soon on September 7th this year – be there, or be square! Photo courtesy of Berwyn DevCorp.
This sleek baby with the crystal-clear nose will be making stops across the country through mid-October and will be in Romeoville the weekend of Sept. 6-8. The plane’s visit is being sponsored locally (as usual) by EAA Warbird Squadron 4, a group of local aviation enthusiasts who meet at Lewis Airport. We wrote about this cool trip last autumn after my colleague Joe Kubal received a flight ticket from his mom as a delayed birthday present. Joe enjoyed it so much he couldn’t stop talking about it for days. What fun! Plenty of parking at the airfield. Besides, it’s an excuse to hit Dell Rhea’s Chicken Basket or White Fence Farm afterward for dinner and eat a little history (See? We thought of everything).
You thought we were kidding about that clear B-17 nose, didn’t you? Nope! It comes complete with a Rita-Hayworth-style pinup. Photo copyright 2012 by J.D. Kubal; all rights reserved.