The iconic B-29 Superfortress FIFI flew into Smyrna Airport today for a 6 day visit with country music’s own Aaron Tippin at the controls. FIFI was accompanied by the C-45 Expeditor and PT-13 Stearman.
Tippin, a CAF member and spokesperson for the organization, has been flying with the Commemorative Air Force for 5 years.
“I guess I have been flying since I was 4 years old when my daddy let me take the controls, “Aaron said. Flying runs in the family blood, even with his two sons as well.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress began active duty at the end of World War II in 1944 as a replacement for the B-17’s and B-24’s. The B-29 had longer range and greater bomb loads which was necessary for operations in the pacific theater, and was the first bomber with a pressurized cabin, electronic fire control systems, and remote controlled gun torrents. The B-29 is best known for dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki which resulted in Japan’s surrender. The B-29 continued its service during the Korean War and was retired in 1960.
The CAF aircraft will be on display from today through July 7th. Hours of operation are from 2 PM – 6:30 today, and from 9 AM – 6:30 PM July 3-7. Cost of admission is $10 per person, and $20 for family admission (mom, dad, and children under 17) Children 10 and under are free. Cockpit tours of the B-29 are included in the admission price when the aircraft is not in motion.
Rides are available on the aircraft. The B-29 will fly at 9 AM, and 10:30 AM on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The C-45 will fly on demand throughout the event.
Ride prices start at $65 for the C-45 and $595 for the B-29. There is a discount if you reserve online. Ride reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org or call (432) 413-4100.