World's only flying B-29 Superfortress making two stops in Phoenix

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By Brad Denny By Brad Denny

The last airborne example of one of the most iconic airplanes in history will be making its way to the Valley this month.

FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force's Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, will visit Deer Valley and Mesa Gateway Airports. This B-29 is the only remaining Superfortress in the world still flying.

FIFI and other vintage military aircraft, all part of the CAF AirPower History Tour, will be on display at Cutter Aviation, 530 W. Deer Valley Road in Phoenix Feb. 23-25. The tour moves to Mesa Feb. 26 where the airplanes will be on display at Gateway Aviation Services, 5803 S. Sossaman Road, through Sunday, March 1.

Accompanying aircraft include the B-25 Mitchell Maid in the Shade, a C-47 Skytrain, a C-45 Expeditor, an SNJ (T-6), and a PT-17 Stearman. Visitors may tour the B-29 cockpit and purchase rides in all of the airplanes.

FIFI is celebrating her 41st year of flight with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2015, and is visiting local airports throughout the United States this year as the feature aircraft in the CAF AirPower History Tour. 

The donation for ramp access is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 11-17. Children age 10 and under are free. The airplanes will be on static display when they are not flying. Museum admission and free B-29 cockpit tours are included in the admission price. Ride prices range from $75 to $1,595. Ride reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org where additional information about the tour stop may also be found.

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.