Friday, April 22, 2011
Fort Worth’s Vintage Flying Museum hosts B-29 Superfortress “Fifi”
See the world's only remaining airworthy B-29, now through April 30.
FORT WORTH The Vintage Flying Museum in Fort Worth will be displaying the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 Superfortress "Fifi" through April 30. A unique historical aspect of this event is that the B-29 plane will at last be showcased in a real B-29 hangar.
Visitors can view the aircraft on weekends: Saturdays 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sundays noon to 5 p.m. Weekday visits are available by appointment. Vintage Flying Museum admission is $8 for adults; $5 for senior citizens and teenagers; and $3 for children 6-12.
"Fifi is the only B-29 still flying in the world," said Chuckie Hospers, spokesperson for the museum. "We are really honored to have this historic plane in our own historic B-29 hangar in Fort Worth."
The Boeing B-29 was the first heavy bomber built for the United Sates Army Air Forces. Boeing submitted the design for the Superfortress in May of 1940. Three months later, Boeing began building the prototype.
Because the Superfortress was the most technically advanced bomber of the time, there were extensive changes and modifications made during the development of the aircraft before it entered service in April of 1944. B-29s saw action primarily in the Pacific Theatre, where they were instrumental in speeding the close of hostilities in WWII.
source: Vintage Flying Museum
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