About the CAF’s B-29 Superfortress:
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress is America’s first very heavy bomber entering World War II in 1944 and is best known for missions in August 1945 that led to the end of World War II. The B-29 would continue on to serve the U.S. Air Force in the Korean Conflict and as a vital part of Strategic Air Command until replaced by jet bombers. The B-29 was retired from service in the 1960s, many were destroyed. The CAF begin searching for a B-29 in the 1960s and finally in 1971, located one at the China Lake Navy Proving yard. After many months of negotiations the CAF was given permission to recover the airframe and fly it to their base in Harlingen, Texas. There it underwent extensive restoration emerging late in 1974, and christened FIFI and joined the other World War II fighters and bombers to preserve the memories and teach lessons of mankind's greatest war. For the past 35 years, “FIFI” has toured the nation educating the American public about the sacrifices made by the young men and women who built, serviced, and flew these aircraft during WWII and the Korean Conflict.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the CAF ranks as one of the largest private air forces in the world. The CAF is dedicated to Honoring American Military Aviation through flight, exhibition and remembrance. A non-profit educational association, the CAF has approximately 9,000 members and a fleet of 156 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 74 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.