Historic aircraft to visit Tri-Cities Regional Airport

From Staff Reports

  Beginning Aug. 17-22 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., a non-profit organization, The Commemorative Air Force, which operates the nation's largest collection of World War II vintage aircraft has plans to display some rare planes at the Tri-Cities Regional Airport.
  On display will be the world's only flying B-29 "Superfortress" bomber, the type plane that dropped the atomic bomb, ending World War II, and a B-24A "Liberator" bomber of World War II, and although almost 19,000 were built during the war, only a few can be seen today.
  The visiting B-29 is named "FiFi," and is authentically restored to original appearance, similar to the original "Enola Gay" used to drop the atomic bomb. Built by Boeing, the "Superfortress" was designed to fly long distances, and defend itself, much as the famous "Flying Fortress" did earlier in the war. It was the first combat plane to have a pressurized cabin and a computerized gun control system.
  Also expected to appear on Saturday and Sunday will be the P-51 "Mustang" fighter. Named "Red Nose," the P-51 is the CAF's first aircraft, and rides are expected to be offered for $70, for a half-hour flight.
  To allow the public to catch a glimpse of history, and to show appreciation for all veterans who have served to preserve our freedom, the Commemorative Air Force will host a tour of the vintage planes.
  Admission will be $10 for adults, $5 ages 7-18 and under age 7 will be free. Anyone in uniform will be admitted free. Rides will be offered on the B-24, to those age 18 and older, for $400, weather and other factors permitting. Those interested in a flight on the B-24 or P-51 should inquire at the aircraft, or call (864) 877-8269, and leave a name and phone number. For additional information, check their Web site at cafb29b24.org or call (423) 325-6275.