Mogollon Airpark (AZ82) enjoyed a unique event yesterday, November 9, 2017, when a WWII B-29 bomber flew overhead on a repositioning flight to the West Coast. “FIFI” is one of only two B-29s currently flying. Many were built but two are all that remain to keep us aware of our history.
Those familiar with history will recall a B-29, the “Enola Gay”, dropped the first atomic bomb on Japan, which quickly ended the devastation of World War II. We felt honored to see such an historic aircraft in flight, especially so close to November 11th.
Hopefully, residents of Overgaard were able to see it fly overhead westbound.
Editor’s Note: FIFI was restored by the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) when it was found in the 1970s at a Navy proving ground being used for target practice. According to an article in Hot Rod Magazine, August 2015, it got a second restoration in 2006 that included replacing all four engines, the control cables, tires, and most everything else. A CAF volunteer who had built hot rods, improvised by using Pontiac pushrods in the APU electric starter for the four engines.
- During WWII there were 4,000 B-29s built
- It takes 11 people to fully man one of these aircraft
- There’s only two B-29s that have been restored to flight
- A total of 72 cylinders propel the B-29 while in flight
The CAF keeps the old aircraft running through donations and volunteers. Visit their website at CAFB29B24.org.