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FiFi, the world's only flying B-29 Superfortress

 
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Mar 10, 2015 12:45 |  #1

AirPower History Tour was giving rides on FiFi, the world's only flying B-29 Surperfortress.
FiFi's schedule brought her to Camarillo airport, CA, where I took these shots.


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Mar 10, 2015 18:53 |  #2

Nice series. Would love to see this in person some day.


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Mar 10, 2015 23:33 |  #3

Nice set - I miss her already. Until last year she was based at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum but going forward she will hangar at the CAF's new home (when it is complete).

Wonderful warbird.

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Mar 11, 2015 10:50 |  #4

FotoPilot wrote in post #17469450 (external link)
Nice series. Would love to see this in person some day.

You might have a chance...

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Mar 11, 2015 16:39 |  #5

Very nice work!


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Mar 12, 2015 11:08 |  #6

chuckie365 wrote in post #17470696 (external link)
Very nice work!

Thanks, Chuckie.

And don't forget, the LA County Air Show will be here soon! :-)


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Mar 12, 2015 12:00 as a reply to  @ Perfectly Frank's post |  #7

Yeah, I most likely will be there for the photo tour :)


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Mar 12, 2015 12:23 |  #8

Great images!

The cost of the B29 program was more than the Manhattan project.


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Mar 17, 2015 10:44 |  #9

I went to see her when she arrived here in the Seattle area. Caught her flying overhead all week prior to the fly day at Paine Field and caught her at altitude. Then, when I went up to see her fly in Everett....dang Wasps were just too much maintenance to get her up in the air.

I grew up going to the Wings Over Houston show every year, so I've seen her fly before. It's definitely a thing to see. I also love that they brought her back to Boeing for maintenance this year.

Impatient Virgin is a P51B based up here--check the older canopy style.


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Mar 19, 2015 00:37 |  #10

Wonderful photos!


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Mar 20, 2015 11:08 |  #11

nice shots really like #1


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Mar 20, 2015 11:24 |  #12

I have some old OshKosh photos from the 70s (I think?) with FiFi in it. They were taken by my Grand father on an 35mm.

Really cool plane, they will have another flying B-29 this year, so FiFi will not be the only one.


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Mar 20, 2015 11:39 |  #13

Here ya go, from 1978 :)

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Mar 20, 2015 13:05 |  #14

Great series of shots . FiFi was originally based in Midland Texas and was there many years before they finally got a new engine . The CAF headquarters was in Midland but last year moved to the Dallas area . The only reason FiFi left Midland was because of a rich man bought a new engine for it and the deal was that FiFi had to move to the area close to where he lived in South Texas . The main gentleman in Midland was fired for making the transaction and no longer works for the CAF . Many people were upset over this . It's not as if it was not being seen , it went to many many airshows all over the place . However it is getting more exposure now but has cost a big loss of revenue in Midland and surrounding cities .




  
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Mar 21, 2015 20:59 |  #15

vertigo235 wrote in post #17483833 (external link)
I have some old OshKosh photos from the 70s (I think?) with FiFi in it. They were taken by my Grand father on an 35mm.

Interesting photos, thanks for sharing.

I see back then it belonged to the Confederate air force. Same organization today, but the name has been changed to Commemorative air force.


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