World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Coming to Provo in July
Media Release from Commemorative Air Force
June 23, 2014 – FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, will fly into Provo Municipal Airport Tuesday, July 15 for a 2-day event. The aircraft is the only remaining B-29 Superfortress in the world still flying. FIFI will be on display at Utah Valley University, Hangar B, 1185 Mike Jense Parkway in Provo through Wednesday, July 16. Visitors may tour the B-29 cockpit and purchase rides in the airplane. Rides are also being offered in the C-45 Bucket of Bolts.
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 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 Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2014, is visiting local airports in Northwest United States this summer 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 aircraft. These aircraft are powerful “hands on” history lessons bringing the sights, smells and sounds of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.
Admission cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under age 18. Children age 10 and under are free. The airplanes will be on static display when they are not flying. B-29 cockpit tours are included in the admission price. Ride prices range from $75 to $1595. Ride reservations may be made athttp://www.airpowersquadron.org/#!b-29-superfortress/c11zx where additional information about the tour stop may 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.
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 being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.airpowersquadron.org.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
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 10,000 members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 67 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visitwww.commemorativeairforce.org.