PRESS RELEASE — The Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress returns to California and the Northwest U.S. this summer. It will be FIFI’s first visit in almost 20 years to many locations which include over 15 cities in Arizona, California, Washington, Idaho, Utah and Colorado. Highlighting the tour will be FIFI’s return to Boeing Field in Seattle. The B-29 is one of 1,100 produced at the Boeing Renton facility and the only B-29 in the world that still flies.
The year 2014 marks FIFI’s 40th year of flight with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF). The airplane, rescued and restored by the CAF in the early 1970s, is a regular feature at airports and airshows all across the country. In fact, the B-29 Squadron of the CAF was the first group to begin touring historic war birds in 1974. Now, 40 years later, FIFI still barnstorms the country from coast to coast bringing the sights, sounds and smells of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.
The Superfortress will travel with a variety of World War II military aircraft including the P-51 Mustang Man O’ War. Other aircraft include the C-45 Bucket of Bolts, a T-6 Texan, and a Fairchild PT-19. Additional CAF airplanes will join the tour in several cities. The aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on display and offering rides throughout each stop.
The tour runs from May 15 through August 4 and includes stops at Prescott, AZ; Lancaster, Bakersfield, Santa Maria, Salinas, Modesto, Sacramento and Napa in California; Olympia, Seattle, Everett and Spokane in Washington; Boise, Idaho; Provo and Salt Lake City in Utah; and cities in Colorado and Kansas yet to be determined.
About the CAF B29/B24 Squadron:
The CAF’s B-29/B-24 Squadron is a group of over three hundred men and women dedicated to the continued operation of the world’s only airworthy B-29 Superfortress, and one of just two B-24s still flying. The squadron is responsible for the maintenance and flight of these two significant WWII bombers. The B-29 and B-24 are feature aircraft in the squadron’s CAF AirPower History Tour. They tour the country with aircraft from other CAF units bringing “hands on history” to people across the United States. Please visit www.cafb29b24.org for more information about the squadron and our tour schedule.
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. They are 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 for care and operation between almost seventy units located in twenty seven states. For more information, please visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.