CAF Brings together the aircraft, pilots and crews from over 70 CAF units across the country to create the AirPower Squadron, an ever-changing assortment of military aircraft touring together to bring the sights, sounds and smells of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.
Squadron founder and supporter Vic Agather envisioned a group of dedicated individuals responsible for the care and operation of this one-of-a-kind warbird. From this small start, the squadron has grown to over three hundred members from around the world who, for over forty years, have generated enough revenue to keep the B-29 flying. The Commemorative Air Force and the B-29/B-24 Squadron receive no support from the Federal Government or the U.S. Air Force. The CAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization, all donations are tax-deductible.
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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.
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Lt Charles Chauncey completed 35 missions in a B-29 while flying missions over Japan. Watch as Lt. Chauncey relieves the experiences he had in the B-29 while taking a once in a lifetime remembrance flight in “FIFI” the worlds only flying B-29 Superfortress. Lt. Chauncey’s service will never be forgotten.
Col James Kasler is the most decorated american military serviceman surviving today. Lt. John Neville was a member of the first crew to survive 30 missions in the B-29 only to tragically loose 10 of his fellow crew members on their return flight home. Hear the heart-gripping stories of these men relive their days at war.
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