Historic WWII bomber to visit Aviation Museum
LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – The only touring B-29 bomber in the world, known as FIFI, is scheduled to visit the Aviation Museum of Kentucky during July 5-9. No other stops are planned for this World War II bomber in central Kentucky during 2017.
The aircraft will be available for cockpit and selected crew station tours on the ground, as well as for flights. Fares for flights vary by aircraft. Details on flights can be obtained by calling the museum at 859 231 1219 or by visiting www.aviationky.org or www.airpowersquadron.org. Charges apply for both tours and flights. Some restrictions apply.
The B-29 was the airplane that successfully carried and dropped the atomic bomb during the war. The visiting plane, with nose art “FIFI,” was restored by the Commemorative Air Force, an international non-profit organization that maintains historic military aircraft in flying condition. FIFI is one of the over 3,900 B-29’s built until production ended in 1946.
It was during August 1945 that two B-29’s on separate missions bombed Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan. These flights brought the Japanese surrender and the end of World War II. Advanced for its time, the B-29 had a computerized gun control system and pressurized crew compartments, permitting high altitude flight operations.
In addition to the B-29, a WW II-era T-6 trainer, a Stearman biplane, and C-45 light transport plane are scheduled to visit Lexington. The aviation museum opens at 10 am each day during the visit.