Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bomber Tour

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Gayle Anderson was live in Camarillo for the tour of the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress at Camarillo Airport now through Sunday, March 8th.

Southern California residents and tourists will experience “hands on” history when FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, flies into Camarillo Airport. FIFI and other World War II military aircraft will be on display at the Commemorative Air Force Southern California (SoCal) wing’s facility at 455 Aviation Drive in Camarillo, the first stop of three Southern California stops planned for the CAF AirPower History Tour.

Accompanying aircraft include the CAF SoCal wing’s P-51 Mustang Man O’ War; two very rare fighters—a Supermarine Spitfire and Mitsubishi Japanese Zero; a C-45 Expeditor and several other vintage military airplanes. Visitors may tour the B-29 cockpit and purchase rides in many of the airplanes.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the airplane 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.

Entry contribution is $15 for adults and $8 for children age 10 through 17. Children under age 10 are free. The airplanes will be on static display when they are not flying. B-29 cockpit tours are included in the contribution. Ride prices range from $75 to $1895. Ride reservations may be made HERE where additional information about the tour stop may also be found.

CAF AirPower History Tour schedule for Camarillo:

Wednesday, March 4th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Aircraft tours available starting at 9:00 m.

Thursday, March 5th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • B-29 flies at 9:00 m.
  • Aircraft tours available after 12:00 m.
  • Supporting aircraft available all day

Friday, March 6th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Aircraft tours available starting at 9:00 m.
  • Supporting aircraft available all day

Saturday, March 7th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • B-29 flies at 9:00 m.
  • Aircraft tours available after 12:00 m.
  • Supporting aircraft available all day

Sunday, March 8th, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • B-29 flies at 9:00 m.
  • Aircraft tours available after 12:00 m.
  • Supporting aircraft available all day

The CAF So Cal Wing and Air Museum address is 455 Aviation Drive, Camarillo, CA 93010. Camarillo Airport is located near 101 Freeway and Las Posas Road. For more information call the museum at (805) 482-0064.

The non-profit, 501c3 all volunteer organization honors American Military Aviation by educating young people about WWII aircraft history, keeping the memory of those who served our country alive. More information about the So Cal Wing may be found HERE.

The Wing, normally closed on Mondays, will be open Monday March 2 at 9:00 a.m. Aircraft arrival time is planned for noon.

About the CAF AirPower History Tour:

FIFI, celebrating her 41st year of flight with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2015, is visiting local air- ports in Southwest United States this spring as the feature aircraft in the CAF AirPower History Tour. The tour brings aircraft, pilots and crews from over 60 CAF units located throughout the country together to create an ever changing assortment of touring military aircraft. These aircraft are powerful “hands on” history lessons bringing the sights, smells and sounds of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.

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 res- cued 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 re- placing 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 HERE.

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 10,000 members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes distributed throughout the country to 67 units located in 27 states for care and operation. For more information, click HERE.

If you have questions, please feel free to call Gayle Anderson at 323-460-5732 or e-mail Gayle at Gayle.Anderson@KTLA.com

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