[Video] WWII Era B-29 Superfortress To Fly Over The Capital This Weekend

FIFI is a surviving Boeing B-29 Superfortress, and one of only two in the world that are currently flying. The gigantic WWII era bomber will at the Gatineau Airport in as part of a Canadian tour, July 24th to the 29th.

The plane will be open to the public, from 9 – 5 PM each day. Ramp access will cost $12 for Adults, $6 for Children (age 11 thru 17). Children under age 10 will be granted free admission. FIFI will also take to the air on Saturday and Sunday morning, flying passengers for a cost. A half-hour flight starts at $570 (U.S.) with prices ranging up to $1,595 (U.S.) for the best seat in the cockpit.

A little B29 history (courtesy of Wikipedia). In 1938, before the United States was officially involved of WWII, the United States Army Air Corp had a request in for a long range pressurized bomber. Boeing submitted their prototype Model 345 in 1940. That was the start of the most famous bombers in WWII, the B29 Superfortress, a four-engine propeller-driven heavy bomber which was flown during World War II and the Korean War.

It was one of the largest aircraft operational during World War II and featured state-of-the-art technology. Innovations introduced included a pressurized cabin, dual-wheeled, tricycle landing gear, and an analog computer-controlled fire-control system directing four remote machine gun turrets that could be operated by a single gunner and a fire-control officer. A manned tail gun installation was semi-remote.

Website: https://www.airpowersquadron.org/ottawa-qc

Image source: By Joerg Spantzel – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=52092530

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