World’s Only Flying B-29 Superfortress Coming To UVU Hangar July 15-16
June 26, 2014
For Immediate Release
University Marketing & Communications: Melinda Colton 801-863-6807
FIFI, the commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, will be on display at the Utah Valley University Hanger B on July 15-16 as part of a two-day event at the Provo Municipal Airport. The aircraft is the only remaining B-29 Superfortress in the world still flying.
UVU’s Hangar B is located at 1185 Mike Jense Parkway in Provo. Visitors may tour the B-29 cockpit and purchase rides in the airplane. Rides are also being offered in the C-45 Bucket of Bolts. The event runs July 15 from noon to 5 p.m, and July 16 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
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.
“As a veteran Naval aviator of the Vietnam era, I have a special interest in all things military — especially aircraft,” said Captain Jim Green, chair of the UVU Aviation Sciences Department. “Having the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress bomber right here at our Provo Airport facility is a tremendous and rare opportunity. This is a neat airplane! I encourage everyone to come, see, touch, photograph, and appreciate a part of history.”
FIFI, celebrating her 40th year of flight with the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) in 2014, is visiting local airports in Northwest United States this summer 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, said Kim Pardon, tour media liaison.
Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for ages 11-17, and children age 10 and under are free. B-29 cockpit tours are included in the admission price. Rides are available for an additional charge. Ride reservations may be made at www.AirPowerTour.org where additional information about the tour stop may also be found.
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.