World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Heads to Lakeland Tuesday
LAKELAND, FL (March 10, 2014) — CAF AirPower History Tour will bring FIFI and other rare World War II aircraft.
When: Tuesday, March 11 at 12:00 p.m.
Where: Lakeland Linder Regional Airport,Main Terminal
What: EXCLUSIVE MEDIA ACCESS TO AIRCRAFT AND CREW for the arrival of FIFI, the only flying B29 Superfortress in the world, the only flying SB2C Helldiver in the world, a C-45 Expeditor, aDouglas Skyraider, a PT-17 Stearman and pilot Sarah Wilson with her newly restored Stearman Junior Speedmail.
About the event: The aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on display and offering rides throughout the stop. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29 and purchase rides on all of the visiting aircraft. The airplanes will be on the ramp Tuesday March 11 through Sunday, March 16. The aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on display and offering rides throughout the stop. Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the B-29 and purchase rides on all of the visiting aircraft.
Hours: Tuesday -- 2 p.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday through Sunday -- 9 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Admission: $10 for adults, $5 for children age 11 through 17. Children 10 and under free. Admission price includes free B-29 cockpit tour.
Rides: Rides range from $75 to $1595 depending on aircraft and seat selection. Rides can be booked online or purchased at the event.
For More Information: Information about the event can be found at www.AirPowerTour.org.
Why we do this: This short promo video tells more about our mission. AirPower Tour Promo Video
About the B-29: The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is perhaps best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coastattracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.