B-29 "FIFI" and P-51C Tuskegee Airmen
Coming to Sun 'n Fun
February 2, 2012 – The 38th annual Sun 'n Fun International Fly-In & Expo, scheduled for March 27-April 1, will have two special visitors staying all week: the Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" and the P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen.
"FIFI", the world's only flyable B-29, will land at Sun 'n Fun on March 27. The Superfortress will be available for guided tours throughout the week and the public is invited to purchase rides on the one-of-a-kind airplane. Rides are scheduled for March 28-30 and April 1 and can be booked in advance by visiting the CAF squadron website.
The airplane will be the backdrop for a group photo of all veterans of the armed services on Thursday, March 29. Also, veterans who served as crewmen on the B-29 with the U.S. Army Air Force and the U.S. Air Force will be welcome to visit "FIFI" with their families for no tour charge throughout the week.
Another highlight will be the week-long appearance of Tuskegee Airmen, a P-51C Mustang distinguished by its bright red tail. The airplane, flown to Sun 'n Fun by the CAF's Red Tail Squadron, is a living symbol of a group of black World War II pilots known as the Tuskegee Airmen.
The P-51C will be joined by the CAF Red Tail Squadron's new Rise Above traveling exhibit, a customized 53-foot trailer with expandable sides that houses a curved movie screen and seating for 30. The theater features a 14-minute original movie called Rise Above that focuses on what the Tuskegee Airmen - pilots and their support personnel - had to overcome to be allowed to fly and fight for their country during WWII. Admission is free, thanks in part to a sponsorship by the Texas Flying Legends Museum.
The Mustang is scheduled to fly during Sun 'n Fun's daily air show. It is also taking reservations for a "memory of a lifetime" ride, which includes passenger stick time if desired.
For more information, visit the Sun 'n Fun or Commemorative Air Force websites.