Staff photos by Brian Slattery
Jacob “Jake” Shepherd, a 91-year old former Army Air Corps captain who piloted a B-17 bomber in World War II, flew in the B-17 bomber Aluminum Overcast during its visit to Oak Island last weekend. Shepherd, who lives in Winnabow, also had the chance to sit in the cockpit again for the first time since World War II.
World War II bomber pilot, family of crewman take flight with B-17

OAK ISLAND — One of the last World War II era B-17 bombers still flying came to Brunswick County last weekend and with it came visitors to remember the men who served in them.

The B17 Aluminum Overcast, crewed by pilots Bob and Lorraine Morris of the Experimental Airplane Association, was hosted by Oak Island’s EAA Chapter 939 at the Cape Fear Regional Jet Port, April 30-May 3.

The B17 flew into Oak Island’s Cape Fear Regional Jetport from Lakeland, Fla., where the EAA group participated in the annual Fun in Sun air show.


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