FIFI Flies Again!
Only Flying B-29 Completes Successful Test Flight
August 5, 2010 —It’s been a long, challenging effort, but Thursday morning (August 5) it all paid off for the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) as its Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI returned to flight for the first time since 2004. After more than four years of work, FIFI lifted off the runway at Midland, Texas, just before 9 a.m. for a 39-minute flight.
“It is an emotional day at the CAF for our volunteer-members and staff,” said President Stephan Brown. “There were more than a few tears of joy shed by those who have worked over these past few years to see FIFI fly again. Today is a new beginning for this historic warbird.\
“Thanks to the dedication of our members and the support of Jim Cavanaugh, the B-29 can once again return to telling the stories of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for our freedom.”
Paul Stojkov, CAF Colonel and one of the B-29 pilots, exclaimed, “She ran like a top. It’s a very special day. A lot of us have been waiting for this for four and a half years. We have to thank everyone involved for their help in getting her to this point.”
The CAF Airpower Museum, located near Midland International Airport, will be open to the public at 7 a.m. this Saturday, August 7, as FIFI’s crew makes pre-flight preparations and its first public flight.
“Saturday is the perfect opportunity for our community to come out to the CAF and see FIFI fly,” said CAF President Stephan Brown. “Throughout the morning, the B-29 crew will be completing the required crew training that includes ‘touch and gos.’ It will be quite a show.”
At AirVenture last week, the CAF announced the “Red, White, and Loud Tour,” featuring pilot/entertainer Aaron Tippin and the glamorous warbird at various stops around the country, starting with the Rocky Mountain Fly-In in Denver August 28-29. Also planned is a visit to AirVenture next year - FIFI’s first appearance at Oshkosh in more than a decade.