Updated By: Joe Hellriegel
March 31, 2014, 12pm
The world's only World War II bomber of its kind is landing in our area.
The Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber FIFI is head to Valdosta Regional Airport today.
The B-29 Superfortress first flew in 1942 and and went into service in 1944 in World War II. It was the staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
This is all part of the history tour going on to show people the plane.
Anyone is invited to go out and take a tour of the plane and even take a ride on it for a price. This plane is being piloted by the world's only B-29 female pilot according the CAF.
News Release: Tour Media Liaison
March 27, 2014 – Residents of Valdosta will witness a rare sight this Monday 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 Valdosta Regional 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 throughout the stop. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29. The ramp will be open to the public Monday through Wednesday, March 31 through April 2.
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, has visited local airports in 11 Southeast U.S. 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 available in most of the airplanes. 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.
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.