“We call ourselves Superfortress on the radio and he’s like super what,” said Pilot Mark Novak.
A piece of history landed at Eppley Airfield on Tuesday. The B-29 Superfortress Bomber is best known as the aircraft whose missions in Japan helped end World War II.
“Fifi” as this one is called, was not utilized in World War II, but she was used in other capacities by the Air Force and the Navy for years until she wasn’t needed anymore. In 1974 Fifi was restored to flying condition.
“It’s pretty inspiring to know that this is the only one flying and that it is out on tour,” said Novak.
Today volunteers with Commemorative Air Force fly Fifi and other vintage planes all over the country.
“It’s our way of educating the public. You’ll get a chance to see Fifi, touch Fifi and get inside of her. Those are all things you can’t do at a museum,” said Novak.
From Wednesday to Sunday the planes will be on Display at TAC Air at Eppley Airfield from 9 a.m. to 5 pm. Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 11-17. Children age 10 and under are free. Ride reservations can be made at www.AirPowerTour.org.