CAF AirPower History Tour featuring B‐29 Superfortress World War II bomber postponed.
(DALLAS – March 8, 2017) The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour, featuring FIFI, the iconic Boeing B‐29 Superfortress, is postponing their spring tour stops until mid-April due to maintenance issues.
“Occasionally, with a 70 year old airplane, simple maintenance normally easy to accomplish turns into a more complicated and time consuming endeavor,” said Brad Pilgrim, general manager of the CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron. “FIFI has not cooperated with us over the last few weeks and will not depart for our spring tour on schedule. We hope to reschedule as much of this tour as possible starting in mid-April.” Pilgrim continued, “Our highly experienced maintenance staff and volunteers always put the safety and well-being of our crew, passengers, and airplane first.” Tour planners have rescheduled the following stops:
- Goodyear, AZ April 6-9
- Mesa, AZ April 11-16
- Camarillo, CA April 18-23
- Bullhead City, AZ April 25-30
- Palm Springs, CA May 2-7 (Tentative)
FIFI, celebrating her 43rd year with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2017, visits airports throughout the United States each year 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 airplanes. These aircraft are powerful history lessons bringing the sights, sounds and stories of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States. Visitors can tour the B-29 cockpit, see the airplanes up close, watch them fly, and even purchase rides in them. Learn more about FIFI and her tour stops at AirPowerTour.org.
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 planned to be used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and has flown for over 40 years as the Queen of the CAF fleet traveling coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
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.
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 11,000 members and a fleet of 167 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 60 CAF units for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.
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