Sunday, July 07, 2019

Fifi! And Friends

The Commemorative Air Force's B-29 Superfortress came to Oakland County International Airport this week.

I managed to go see her today, along with the CAF's Stearman and a T-6 Texan that came for the event.

This was not a mere static display. They flew!

First the T-6 Texan took to the skies, taking off from Runway 9R.

She passed above Fifi on the way:

Then wheels going up, she headed off for the tour.

The Stearman was next:

Then the Grand Dame of the show taxi'd

Then Fifi was told to line up and wait on Runway 9R to start her two outboard engines and do the run up.

Then clearance to take off:

Fifi was purchased from the Air Force in 1971 and transferred to the Commemorative (then Confederate) Air Force and restored to flying condition. The restoration then took three years. She's one of only two flying B-29s.

So she took off this morning and at 8:16 am, directly over Detroit's City hall she opened her bomb bay does and serious urban renewal took place. Just kidding. Although, much of Detroit still looks worse than if it had been bombed, just saying.

Fifi took people on flights yesterday and today and she'll be wrapping up her visit here.

An awesome visit by some mighty historic aircraft.


drjim said...


I send the CAF a few $$ every year specifically for "Fifi".

I might have paid for a set of plugs by now.....maybe.....

MrGarabaldi said...

Hey Aaron;

That is really cool! and thanks for the pics. You didn't fly?

Old NFO said...

Beautiful birds!

Aaron said...

drjim: Yep Fifi is awesome to behold. They certainly appreciate the donations to keep 'em flying.

MrGarabaldi: You're welcome, it was all sorts of cool.

OldNFO: That they are. Awesome living history.