“FIFI,” the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress arrived from Colorado Thursday at New Century Airport, where she will remain on display through Sunday during the Commemorative Air Force Heart of America Wing’s 2013 Air Expo.
FIFI’s sister B-29, the “Enola Gay,” dropped the first atomic bomb over Hiroshima, Japan, 68 years ago this month. FIFI was built by Boeing Aircraft in 1944 at its Renton, WA plant and was delivered in 1945 to the U.S. Army Air Force in Kansas, which had at least six military airfields used for B-29 bomber training during World War II and later. FIFI flew from 1945 until her retirement in 1958. The Commemorative Air Force, then known as the Confederate Air Force, acquired FIFI in 1971, registered her as a civilian aircraft and flew her to her current home base at CAF headquarters at Harlingen, Texas.
FIFI is also a movie star, appearing in the 1983 film “The Right Stuff” as the stand in B-29 mother ship for test pilot Col. Chuck Yaeger’s Bell X-1, the first aircraft to break the sound barrier.
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