Several years back I told the story of my Father and his history with the famous B-29 Superfortress bomber. He loved that airplane, and never missed a chance to read or watch anything and anything about Boeing’s first modern strategic bomber.
As it happens he and I went aboard the only flyable B-29 in existence, the Commemorative Air Force’s ‘Fifi’, when it visited Oregon many years ago. Of the nearly 4,000 B-29s built, only Fifi can still take to the sky. There are 21 others in various museums around the globe, but she’s the only one who can still stretch her wings.
If a group of B-29 enthusiasts have their way, however, she won’t be alone for long. ‘Doc’, a B-29 made in 1945 in Wichita, KS, is back at its birthplace being restored to flying status. Restoration started around 2000, but was suspended in 2007 when Boeing sold off the old plant where the work was being done. When that happened the plane was mothballed and the group which spearheaded the effort went dormant.
Hope is not lost, however, because in February a new non-profit group took ownership of the craft and the restoration has now resumed.
Apparently most of the difficult work has already been done, but that doesn’t mean getting the thing into flying condition is going to be cheap or easy! The group is looking for donations and volunteers, and they have a website where you can do both – or simply learn more about the plane and their dream of flying her once again.
I wonder – will Fifi be jealous?
-=[ Grant ]=-