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.
The National Aeronautic Association has awarded the Collier Trophy for “the first unmanned, autonomous air system operating from an aircraft carrier.”
A Florida flight school dove into airplane dealership when the opportunity to handle a new and aerobatic star came along last fall.
Italian twin-engine airplane manufacturer Vulcanair stepped into the single-engine certified aircraft market April 9 with the announcement of a 180-horsepower, four-seat single.
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