I was at Addison Airport today and had an opportunity to get up fairly close to FIFI, the only airworthy super fortress remaining. I talked with some of the crew, who were getting ready to depart for El Paso, three cities in Arizona and on to San Diego before returning to home base at Addison. They had just been up for an hour flight and one crew member was heading to Walmart to get some hand and feet warmers before they took off. (no heater in the plane)
Click on the nose of the B-29 when it comes on the screen....
I thought you guys would like to see a short video of the only flyable B-29 in the world. Notice the flight engineer is still wearing his "Confederate" Air Force patch.
To our friends who may not understand the passion we feel for planes and particularly planes from WW11, this is Fifi. It is the only flying B-29 Strato Fortress in the world.
This is one of the combat airplanes that flew from Iwo Jima, Saipan, Tinian islands to bomb Japan and help win the war. It was usually escorted by P-51 Mustangs to protect her from enemy fighters but many thousands of planes and aircrews were lost fighting for our country.
This happened at a time in history before we had long range missiles and electronics. These planes were flown by men from our farms and cities who left their families at home and risked their lives in high altitude gun fights. It was up close, brutal and extremely dangerous but they risked it all to protect our country.
Many never came home again. We love, respect and honor all of our veterans. But we also have a love affair with the planes.
It is a permanent addiction for us so we preserve these wonderful aircraft so you can see and experience the marvelous machines that preserved our freedom.
We have completely rebuilt this aircraft and those powerful prop engines to bring Fifi back to life. It took years to accomplish, many thousands of donated dollars and thousands of hours of work by many unpaid volunteers to make this happen so that everyone can share this important part of our history. This is a unique flying museum.
If you get a chance to see her at an air show, don't pass up the chance. You are watching history and she is the only one left out of thousands.
This is truly a rare aircraft. Enjoy the video.
Col. Tom Leo, Golden Gate Wing
Someone did a nice job of filming Fifi, the only flying B-29...