- Media Release
- Commemorative Air Force
- B29/B24 Squadron
- 4730 George Haddaway Drive
- Addison, Texas 75001
- Kim Pardon
- Tour Media Liaison
- (913) 636-6250
Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Headed to Pensacola April 3rd...
CAF AirPower History Tour will bring
FIFI and other rare World War II aircraft. March 27, 2014 – Residents of
Pensacola will witness a rare sight April 3 when the Commemorative Air Force’s
(CAF) iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber FIFI -- the only remaining flying
example of the aircraft in the world --- lands at Pensacola International
Airport accompanied by the famous C-45 Expeditor Bucket of Bolts and a PT-17
Stearman. The aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on
display and offering rides at Pensacola Aviation Center, 4145 Jerry L.
Maygarden Road in Pensacola starting Thursday, April 3 through Sunday, April 6.
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29 and purchase rides.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first
flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is perhaps best known as the
aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II.
It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer
range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the
early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
FIFI, celebrating her 40th year of
flight with the CAF in 2014, will visit local airports in 11 Florida cities
this February and March as the feature aircraft in the CAF AirPower History
Tour. The tour brings aircraft, pilots and crews from over 70 CAF units across
the country together to create an ever changing assortment of touring military
aircraft. The airplanes bring the sights, smells and sounds of World War II
aviation history to audiences across the United States. These aircraft are
powerful "hands on” history lessons for young and old alike.
The cost for admission is $10 for
adults and $5 for children over age 10 and under age 18. Children age 10 and
under are free. All of the airplanes will be on static display when they are
not flying. B-29 cockpit tours are included in the admission price and rides
are also available in the C- 45 Expeditor. Ride prices range from $75 to $1595.
Ride reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org where additional
information about each tour stop can also be found.
Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained and flew
in these airplanes during World War II.
The organization believes that is
best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the
airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the
aircraft in flight.
About the CAF’s B-29 Superfortress,
FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the
early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving
Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target.
The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006
when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power
plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that
included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI
returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast
attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour
schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
Collecting, restoring and flying
vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air
Force ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is
dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and
remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has more than 8,000
members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes distributed throughout the country to
70 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information,