UPDATE: Check out photos from #YQG here:
Iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress cleared for landing at Windsor International Airport
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour will bring the sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation to the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association in Windsor, ON August 22 to 26. FIFI, one of only two B-29s in the world that still fly, will arrive in Windsor Monday, August 20, around noon. Visitors to the ramp will be able to view the aircraft up close, tour the cockpit when the airplane is not flying, and also purchase rides.
The aircraft will be staged at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association, #104-2600 Airport Road, Windsor, Ontario. The event is open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, August 22 through 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Access to the museum and the ramp is $15, for adults age 18 and over $10 age 11 to 17. Children age 10 and under are free. Family admission (parents with children under age 18) is $40. B-29 seats range from $595 to $1695 (USD). Rides may be booked in advance at AirPowerTour.org where additional information about the event may also be found.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is perhaps best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. 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 later that decade. 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 intended to be used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and has flown for over 40 years traveling coast to coast each year attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.
Through more than six decades of collecting, and flying World War II aircraft, the CAF has become the world’s largest flying museum. Their fleet of over 170 World War II airplanes are assigned to unit locations across the U.S. and supported by 12,000 volunteer members. Nearly all the aircraft are kept in flying condition, enabling people to experience firsthand the sight and sound of vintage military aircraft in flight. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American military aviation through flight, exhibition, education, and remembrance. To learn more about the organization, visit www.CommemorativeAirForce.org.
The CH2A is proud to uphold our mission to “Honour Canadian Veterans by preserving, maintaining, restoring, displaying, and demonstrating antique and vintage military and civilian aircraft and artifacts considered important to Canadian Aviation history.” In fulfilling our mission and gathering and telling the stories of our veterans, we help our children and grandchildren understand the sacrifices made for our freedom.