CAF AirPower History Tour features "Fifi," the B-29 Superfortress

A bit of aviation history flew into the valley Monday morning and her name is Fifi -- a B-29 Superfortress bomber.

"The bombardier in the front had the best seat available," said Colonel Mark Novak, a Commemorative Air Force pilot.

And it's a seat you could have if you want to book a ride on Fifi.

Flying into the valley between rain showers, Novak says she's truly one of a kind -- because Fifi is the only B-29 still flying.

"She's special.  We take great care of her.  It's a great thing that I get to fly the airplane," he said.

Fifi has been part of the Commemorative Air Force since she was found in the 1970s at the US Navy Proving Ground at China Lake in California.  Before that, she served as a trainer for US Air Corps pilots who flew B-29s over Japan in World War II and later over Korea.

Now the Commemorative Air Force flies her around the country to give people and experience they could never get in a museum.

"We don't want to be a static museum, we don't want to be in one hangar and people come to us.. we can have a hundred times more people see us during the year when we bring the airplane out," said Novak.

You can visit Fifi on the flight line starting Tuesday at 9:00 a.m.  Tours cost $10 per person. $5 for children under age 18.

On Wednesday afternoon, she flies to Mesa Gateway Airport for tours this weekend.

Can flying this piece of World War II history be frightening?

"We are trained well and we have lots of experience.  We take care of her and treat her nice," said Novak.

"For $600 to $1,600, you can buy a ticket to ride on Fifi, depending on where you want to sit.

CAF Air Power History Tour
Feb. 23 - 25
Deer Valley Airport
702 West Deer Valley Road
Phoenix, AZ
www.AirPowerTour.org

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