B-29 Super Fortress “Fifi”

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FIFI, Boeing B-29A-60-BN Superfortress, s/n 44-62070, civil registration N529B, is one of only a few surviving in existence and the only one currently flying as of June 2014. It is owned by the Commemorative Air Force, currently based at Addison, Texas. FIFI tours the U.S.A. and Canada, taking part in air shows and offering flight experiences.

photo: luckypuppy.net
photo: luckypuppy.net

While stationed at George AFB I had the privilege of seeing “Fifi” and “Fertile Myrtle”” a few times. While driving cross-country in 1992 I stopped at the Confederate Air Force Museum when it was in Midland, Texas.  “Fifi” was in the hangar for a fuel filter change and when I mentioned I had an A&P license, the guy changing the filters let me help. A REAL privilege, albeit it was mostly handing tools out. I was offered a job!  But I was chasing my furniture to North Carolina and had to defer.  DAMN! Should’ve took the job.

photo: Tim Weibe
photo: Tim Weibe
photo: Tim Weibe
photo: Tim Weibe
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Pat Huey flew “Fifi”. Pat was the guy who taught me to fly. Therefore, he’s the best pilot I’ve ever known.

PAT HUEY WAS ONE HELL OF A PILOT

Pat flew the B-29 “Fifi”