PRESS RELEASE- The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-29 Squadron congratulates Boeing on their 100 year milestone as one the world’s largest aerospace leaders. Their innovative aviation technology has crossed new frontiers for decades and continues to change our world. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is one of the most famous examples of Boeing innovation during World War II and a significant contribution to our nation’s freedom. Our sweepstakes offering a free bombardier seat is our small way of saying “Thank you Boeing.”
To honor Boeing on the occasion of its 100th Anniversary, FIFI is offering one lucky winner the opportunity to ride in the best seat in the house – the bombardier seat. The winner of the sweepstakes will be announced at the nose of the airplane on Boeing Centennial Plaza at EAA AirVenture 2016, Tuesday, July 27. Entrants must be at least 18 years old to enter. There is no purchase necessary. All entries are free. Winner may ride at AirVenture 2016 or another location (subject to seat availability). Information on how to enter can be found on the CAF AirPower Tour home page www.AirPowerTour.org. In the early 1940s the U.S. Army knew they would need a military bomber in the Pacific with a longer range and greater bomb capacity than the B-17 and B-24. The Boeing B-29 Superfortress began active service in 1944. It was the first pressurized American bomber and represented state of the art technology at the time. The airplane was arguably a key factor in ending World War II and, as a result, saved millions of American and Japanese lives.
The Commemorative Air Force found their famous B-29 Superfortress FIFI at a Navy Proving Ground in China Lake, California in the early 1970s where it was planned to be used as a missile target. The aircraft, one of very few still in existence, was rescued and restored and has flown for over forty years at air shows and tour stops throughout the United States telling the story of the airplane’s role in World War II and the Korean Conflict.