My memory of Fifi goes back over 20 years. I was walking the dog one morning and hear the unmistakable sound of a radial-engined plane.
A big plane.
I thought it might be the Collins Foundation B17 in town – or maybe an old DC-6.
I look up and exactly overhead, about 700-1,000 feet AGL was the only flying B-29, the Commemorative Air Force’s Fifi.
What a sight.
To think that Boeing made over 4,000 of these for the astronomical sum of (at the time) $600,000 per plane. There’s one left in flyable condition, and here it is.
We waited patiently in 100 degree weather under the wing – entrance was through the first bomb bay – we saw the cockpit and exited at the cockpit right behind the nose wheel.
You’ll see the famous tube the crew used to crawl though – in the pressurized plane – from the cockpit to the back. It’s also visible from the top of the bomb bay.
Still an impressive plane even after almost 70 years.