Boeing B-29 Superfortress Visits Valdosta


You can think of it as a flying museum. The Commemorative Air Force is flying the Boeing B-29 and other World War II era planes from city to city to display the history behind them.

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You can think of it as a flying museum. The Commemorative Air Force is flying the Boeing B-29 and other World War II era planes from city to city to display the history behind them.

"It truly is a crew airplane. We have to have six people on the airplane with us and we work as a crew from everything from start-up, to landing, to putting her in the chalks as you saw here, it's a true crew airplane," said Instructor Pilot Mark Novak.

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. CAF members say they are lucky to fly one today.

"We bring history to the people versus having them come to us and that's important," said Novak.

Pilots say for veterans to take a tour of the plane is like taking a trip down memory lane.

Debbie King is the only female B-29 pilot since World War II, and only the third ever in history. She says the expression on the veterans faces tells it all.

"What's really interesting is that we open up for cock-pit tours and something about the smell of it is what get's most of the vets. The hydraulic, the fuel and the oil. You can see people kind of drift back," said King.

The planes will be open to the public for tours until April 2nd. The tour's next stop is Pensacola. Tours cost $10 for adults and $5 for children over age 10. Children under the age of 10 are free. Ride prices range from $75 nearly $1,600.

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