CAF Air Tour Arrives in Binghamton June 8-10th!

Here is your chance to get up close and touch history.  If you've never seen WWII large aircraft up close, you don't want to miss this!  We've seen "FiFi" up close, and "impressive" does not even come close to describing the experience.

About the tour:

The B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force brings together the aircraft, pilots and crews from over 70 CAF units across the country to create the AirPower Squadron – an ever changing assortment of military aircraft touring together to bring the sights, sounds and smells of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.

The AirPower Squadron always includes at least one of the two rarest World War II bombers in the world – FIFI, the only flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress and Diamond Lil, an equally rare B-24 Liberator. Aircraft accompanying the B-29 or B-24 will include other World War II aircraft such as the P-51 Mustang, the B-17 Flying Fortress and the B-25 Mitchell, along with an assortment of fighters, trainers and liaison aircraft.

About the CAF B-29, FIFI
 
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, having the longer range and greater bomb loads necessary for operations in the World War II Pacific theater. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s. ​
 
FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane  was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop. Learn more about FIFI at  www.cafB29B24.org

About the B-29/B-24 Squadron​
 
The B-29/B-24 Squadron of the CAF was created in the 1970s to support the B-29 FIFI. In 1976 FIFI introduced the concept of warbird barnstorming; FIFI would be flown from city to city and open her hatches to the American public. Squadron founder and supporter Vic Agather envisioned a group of dedicated individuals responsible for the care and operation of this one-of-a-kind warbird. Agather convinced the CAF General Staff (Board of Directors) that a squadron of volunteers would be able to tour the aircraft around the nation and make enough money to be self-sustaining. The CAF General Staff approved of this concept and allowed the B-29 Squadron to be formed. ​

From this small start, the squadron has grown to over three hundred members from around the world who, for over forty years, have generated enough revenue to keep the B-29 flying. 
 
Today the CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron is based at Addison Airport in the Dallas–Fort Worth area with the Cavanaugh Flight Museum. Each year the Squadron travels to as many as twenty cities across the nation. At each of these stops the public is able to tour the cockpit of the aircraft (for a donation) and has the opportunity to purchase a flight experience. These flight experiences allow passengers to experience the sight and sounds of a World War II bomber in the air.
 
Our members are our greatest asset. Members engage with the mission to protect these rare flying monuments to freedom for future generations through preservation, education, exhibition and airshows. Squadron members come from all walks of life. They all share the same interest in preserving and teaching the history of World War II airpower. The Commemorative Air Force and the B-29/B-24 Squadron receive no support from the Federal Government or the U.S. Air Force. The CAF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization. All donations are tax deductible.

Without the generous support of our members and the public at large, the aircraft of the B-29/B-24 Squadron would not be able to fly. If you would like information about becoming a member or want to make a donation please visit our squadron website at www.cafB29B24.org​.

About the Commemorative Air Force:

Collecting and flying warbirds for over half a century, the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is the largest flying museum in the world. The CAF is a non-profit educational organization dedicated to honoring American military aviation history through flight, exhibition and remembrance. The organization feels this is best accomplished by keeping the aircraft flying. The CAF has approximately 11,000 members and a fleet of over 150 airplanes assigned to 70 units across the country. These units, comprised of CAF volunteer members, restore and operate the planes which are viewed by more than 10 million spectators annually. Visit www.commemorativeairforce.org for more information.

 

If you go -

Details:

FirstAIR Group
2514 Airport Rd
Johnson City, NY 13790


Admission: $10, Under 18 $5, Under 10 Free

Monday, June 8  2pm-5pm

* Aircraft tours available starting at 2:00 p.m.
* Supporting aircraft available all day


Tuesday, June 9 9am-5pm

* Aircraft tours available starting at 9:00 a.m.
* Supporting aircraft available all day

Wednesday, June 10 9am-5pm

* B-29 flies at 9:00 a.m.
* Aircraft tours available after 12:00 p.m.
* Supporting aircraft available all day



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