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August 24, 2013 – If you looked up this past weekend, you were likely to see vintage aircraft flying in the skies above Gardner. The planes were here for the Air Expo, presented by The Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing, which is located at New Century Airfield. The CAF has a fleet of almost 160 airplanes representing more than 60 different types—including planes from several foreign countries and other military conflicts since World War II.
Attendees were able to get up close and touch the planes, tour the cockpit, talk to the crews, and watch the planes fly. Rides were available for purchase and many people enjoyed the thrill of flying in a historic aircraft.
The Air Expo featured the appearance of FIFI – the only currently flying Boeing B-29A Superfortress. FIFI is so famous, she even has her own Wikipedia page. Built by Boeing at the Renton factory in Washington, FIFI was delivered to the USAAF in Kansas in 1945 and was retired in 1958. The CAF acquired FIFI in 1971 and has worked hard to keep her flying ever since.
See video of FIFI’s Sunday morning take off from New Century, here.
Another star of the show was the B-24A Diamond Lil, the only surviving “A” model of the B-24. This B-24 is number 18 off the assembly line, and is one of a handful of surviving early-war aircraft.
Read more about this weekends Air Expo here