Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour is bringing the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress to Camarillo Airport on Monday, March 2 through Sunday, March 8. The CAF AirPower History Tour will feature the B-29 and several other World War II military aircraft. Attending aircraft include a P-51 Mustang, Supermarine Spitfire, Mitsubishi Zero, Grumman Bearcat and Hellcat, C-45 Expeditor, and other World War II military aircraft. Visitors can tour the B-29 cockpit and also purchase rides on many of the attending aircraft.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is 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.
Location of event is the CAF So Cal Wing, 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo. Donation for ramp access to general public is $15 for adults, $8 for children age 10-17. Children under age 10 free. Donation for ramp access includes B-29 cockpit tour. More information and ride reservations at www.AirPowerTour.org.
About the CAF’s B-29 Superfortress, FIFI:
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 2006 when 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 coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI and her tour schedule at www.AirPowerTour.org.
About the Commemorative Air Force:
The Commemorative Air Force honors the men and women who built, maintained and flew in these airplanes during World War II. The organization believes that is best accomplished by maintaining the airplanes in flying condition; taking the airplanes to the people allowing them to experience the sight and sound of the aircraft in flight.
Collecting, restoring and flying vintage historical aircraft for more than half a century, the Commemorative Air Force 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 more than 11,000 members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 67 units located in 25 states for care and operation. For more information, visit www.commemorativeairforce.org.