Joe Jones of Airmail Greetings, join forces with former Marine, and good friend, Bobby Baumgartner to host the November tour stop in Denver, for the EAA's B-17 "Aluminum Overcast". Both, artist and Marine accept the challenge, but both agreed their event was not going to be the same old, standard tour stop we see so often. Particularly, with the 2008 tour being deemed the "Salute to Veteran's" tour.
With only two months to prepare, the two men did indeed mount an all-out effort to produce a signature veteran's event the likes of which that is rarely seen in this country anywhere.
Realizing the scope and vision of their event, the EAA stepped it up to run 150 cable spots announcing this milestone veteran's event and tour stop on CNN, History, Discovery, ESPN, Golf, AEN, along with many others.
Developed as a learning experience, the event was designed to truly put a real, flesh and blood face to our American heritage. Through three days of riveting panel discussions from distinguished veterans representing WWII, Korea, the Cold War, and Vietnam, their little tour stop broke several EAA records and quickly grew into what is now being hailed as a major national veterans event. It is estimated over 200,000 servicemen and women nation wide were formerly invited to this special veterans event. The EAA now considers this to be a template event. You can bet talks are already underway in preparation for next years topper.
Charting a little bit of his own aviation history, for Jones, the cherry on top was logging twenty minutes of actual flight time as pilot-in-command of a Boeing B-17/G. Visit the photo gallery on the official event website at: www.b17tours.com