Iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress returning to Branson with other WWII aircraft August 16-20

Submitter: 

Commemorative Air Force
B29/B24 Squadron
Post Office Box 763577
Dallas, TX 75376

Kim Pardon, Tour Media Liaison
(913) 636?6250
[email protected]

Publish Date: 
Thursday, July 27, 2017

(DALLAS- July 26, 2017) – FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) iconic Boeing B?29 Superfortress, returns to Branson Airport September 13-17. FIFI is one of only two remaining airworthy B-29s in the world and is the only one that flies regularly. The B-29 and other vintage military aircraft will be on display at the Branson Jet Center, 130 Wright Brothers Road in Hollister, MO. Accompanying aircraft will include a P-51 Mustang, B-25 Mitchell, C-45 Expeditor, T?6 Texan, T-34 Mentor and PT-13 Stearman. These aircraft are powerful history lessons bringing the sights, sounds and stories of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States. Visitors may tour the B?29 cockpit and purchase rides in all of the airplanes.

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. 

FIFI, celebrating her 43rd year with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2017, is visiting local airports throughout the United States as the feature aircraft in the CAF AirPower History Tour. The tour brings aircraft, pilots and crews from over 60 CAF units located throughout the country together to create an ever changing assortment of touring military airplanes.

The donation for ramp access is $15 for adults and $5 for children age 6?17. Children age 5 and under are free. Price includes museum admission. The airplanes will be on static display when they are not flying. The event is open to the public Wednesday, September 13 through Sunday, September 17, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Ride prices range from $80 to $1795 and reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org where additional information about the tour stop may also be found.

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 traveled coast to coast for 43 years 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 11,000 members and a fleet of 160 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 70 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.

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