[UPDATE] Rare World War II Aircraft Visits Tallahassee

By: Release
By: Release

(ADDISON, TX, March 19, 2012) —

The Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron is proud to announce that the world’s only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” is going to land at the Tallahassee Regional Airport April 3rd through the 5th.

“FIFI” will be available for guided tours (for a donation) and the public will be invited to purchase a ride on the only flying B-29. Rides can be booked in advance by visiting the squadron website (www.rideb29.com). Throughout our visit to Tallahassee veterans of the U.S. Army Air Forces and the U.S. Air Force who flew B-29s will be welcome to visit “FIFI” for no charge.

“FIFI” will fly throughout our visit, demonstrating that the “Commemorative Air Force is unique, we aren’t like other museums,” said CAF President/CEO Stephan Brown. “We start our engines, we fly our airplanes and we get loud, taking history to the public, not waiting for them to come to us. FIFI visiting Daytona Beach is an opportunity for the CAF to continue doing what we do best, educating and reminding Americans of the cost of our freedom.”

“FIFI” will be joined by the distinctive red-tailed North American P-51C Mustang. This rare WWII fighter is a key part of an educational initiative to help people - particularly young people - understand and appreciate the history and legacy of the special group of black pilots who flew airplanes with bright red tails during WWII - the Tuskegee Airmen. The Mustang will be joined by the new RISE ABOVE Traveling Exhibit, a customized 53' trailer with expandable sides that houses a 40-foot long, curved panoramic movie screen and seating for 30 in climate-controlled comfort. A 14-minute original movie called "RISE ABOVE" focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen - pilots and their support personnel - had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during World War II. It also features some great flying footage - in the Mustang - that is enhanced by the long curved screen.

“FIFI” will also be joined by the Cavanaugh Flight Museum’s P-51 Mustang Brat III. Brat III is the aircraft flown by Lt. Hjalmar Johnsen in the U.S. Army Air Forces in 1945 while part of the 9th Air Force, 370th Fighter Group, 401st Fighter Squadron based in England. Brat III is equipped with a second seat allowing passengers to purchase a thirty minute ride aboard one of America’s best know World War II fighters.

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:39 AM
    how much for a ride?
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      by anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 09:34 PM in reply to
      @ $500
  • by Redd Foxx on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:47 AM
    I don't believe I'd give my ship a poodle's name. Something with the "death from above" theme seems more apropos.
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      by Mark on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:19 AM in reply to Redd Foxx
      Usually the planes, if given female names were given the name of the pilot or co-pilot's wife or sweetheart. One notable exception is the Enola Gay, the plane that dropped the atomic bomb on Nagasaki, Japan....it was named for the pilot, Paul Tibbets' mother.
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        by Redd Foxx on Apr 4, 2012 at 08:43 AM in reply to Mark
        Tibbets bombed Hiroshima. I believe 140,000 civilians died.
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          by Jim on Apr 4, 2012 at 11:23 AM in reply to Redd Foxx
          And over an estimated million lives were saved, as a ground based invasion became unnecessary.
        • reply
          by Anonymous on Apr 4, 2012 at 07:56 PM in reply to Redd Foxx
          What's your point?
  • by nice job on Apr 4, 2012 at 05:19 AM
    It's great that these old planes are restored to preserve that piece of history.
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      by Tally on Apr 4, 2012 at 04:47 PM in reply to nice job
      It flew over my shop twice today and even once last month when the air show was happening up in Valdosta. It is exciting to see and hear these big planes in the air.
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