A Pic and a Plea: Keep Fifi Flying!

FiFi needs your help!

Keep FiFI Flying!

Keep FiFI Flying!

FiFi, as you may know, is a B-29 Superfortress. The B-29 was an awesome airplane, capable of flying faster and further with more payload than other bombers of her day. She had remotely-fired air-to-air defenses and was pressurized, enabling the flight crew to fly more comfortably and utilize their defenses more effectively. The Superfortress effectively ended World War II when the Enola Gay dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Sadly, FiFi is the ONLY airworthy B-29 left. Recently, her number two engine experienced trouble, requiring an engine shutdown and a return to the airport. Inspection revealed that she would need major repair work to the tune of $250k.

The Commemorative Air Force operates FiFi as a labor of love. At about $10,000 and 10 volunteer hours per flight hour, FiFi ain’t cheap. Selling a few rides isn’t going to cover expenses. As mentioned above, the work needed to keep this bird flying and buy a backup engine is estimated to cost close to a quarter million dollars.

So if you have a few bucks to spare, maybe you’d consider donating to the CAF to keep FiFi flying. I saw her flying at Airventure 2012 and it is an awesome experience to watch her move. It would be a shame if this historical airplane, the last of her kind still flying, was hangared forever. Don’t let that happen. Give a few bucks to the CAF and keep this remarkable, beautiful, and historic bird in the air.

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