SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Commemorative Air Force iconic Boeing B¿29 Superfortress bomber, FIFI ¿¿ the only remaining flying example of the aircraft in the world ¿¿¿ will arrive here on Monday. People will be able to buy rides on it on Tuesday and Wednesday.
Te airplane will fly into Springfield National Airport on Monday and will be on display on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The airplane will be accompanied by a World War II veteran P¿51 Mustang owned by the Cavanaugh Museum, The Brat III.
Visitors will have the opportunity to purchase rides on both airplanes throughout the stay and B¿29 cockpit tours will be available when the airplane is not flying. More information about purchasing rides and our visit to Springfield can be found at www.RideB29.com.
About the CAF's B¿29 Superfortress, FIFI:
The Boeing B¿29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944. It is perhaps best known as the aircraft from which the first atomic bombs were dropped. It was designed as a replacement for the older B¿17s and B¿24s, with longer range and greater bomb load capacity. 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.