B‐29 Superfortress FIFI returning to Southwest United States this spring.
(DALLAS, January 12, 2017) – FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, will visit Arizona, California, and Texas this spring as the feature aircraft in the CAF Air Power History Tour. Aircraft accompanying FIFI on tour include a P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor,
T-6 Texan and more. Visitors can view the airplanes up close, tour the B-29 cockpit, and also purchase rides. Information about the tour can be found at AirPowerTour.org. The tour schedule:
Tucson, AZ – February 23 to 26
Mesa, AZ – March 1 to 5
Goodyear, AZ – March 8 to 12
Bullhead City, AZ – March 15 to 19
Camarillo, CA – March 21 to 26
Palm Springs, CA – March 29 to April 2
Amarillo, TX – April 5 to 9
The airplanes of the CAF Air Power Tour are powerful history lessons that bring the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to audiences across North America. They exemplify the hard work and sacrifice of the Greatest Generation – men and women who answered the call of duty when freedom was threatened. The aircraft are symbols of the freedom enjoyed in the United States today and the CAF is dedicated to passing along their story to future generations.
The Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is 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 airplane represented state of the art technology at the time. 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.
About the CAF’s B‐29 Superfortress FIFI:
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 planned to be used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and has flown for over forty years traveling 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:
The 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.
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 12,000 members and a fleet of 167 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 76 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.