November 16, 2012
By Jim Moore
The last B-29 Superfortress in the world that is still able to fly is down for maintenance, and the Commemorative Air Force will need a six-figure sum to get Fifi back in the air next season.
The CAF, which operates a fleet of flying warbirds, said famous B-29 landed safely after one of its four engines failed in flight during the last airshow of the season. Repairs, and the purchase of a backup engine, are expected to cost more than $250,000, the organization announced, and a separate website has been established to collect donations specific to this effort.
Neils Agather, commander of the B-29 Squadron of the CAF that operates the aircraft, said the continued flight of Fifi is “at risk.” The organization tours the country, offering veterans of World War II, and the generations that followed, a chance to experience a part of history firsthand.
“We need your help, each one doing a little bit, to continue to spread the message,” Agather said in a news release.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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