Boeing B-29 Superfortress lands in Bowling Green

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BOWLING GREEN, Ky. (WBKO) -- A rare piece of history flew over and landed at the Bowling Green Regional Airport Monday to bring World War Two history to the locals of south central Kentucky.

The iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress, also known as Fifi, is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War Two.

With only two airworthy b-29's left, and Fifi being the only Superfortress regularly touring, the Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport welcomes Fifi with open wings.

"This is going to be a great event for Bowling Green. You know, hopefully the folks will come out bring your children out, take advantage of paying at the gate to go through the tour," BGWC Regional Airport Manager, Rob Barnett stated.

B-29 Commander Mark Novak says the Commemorative Air Force is honored to present some American history to the public.

"The Commemorative Air Force has three goals: We want to educate, we want to honor the men who flew them and the women who built them, and finally we want to display the airplane. We want it to fly. We don't want it to sit there and get dusty," Commander Novak added.

But one Woodburn visitor named Mike Wheeley has a family tie to a bomber like Fifi.

"He was training pilots to be able to fly in to Tokyo Bay in the B-29's, but, without armor. And then, they had the bombs, and they were going straight through Tokyo Bay. So that was a plan just in case the H-Bomb didn't work," Mark Wheeley mentioned.

As Mike Wheeley takes it in, Fifi's visit serves a reminder that we need to cherish history whenever we have the chance.

"In today's standards, this is a very small plane. But at the time, it was the largest that there was. Unless it's in front of you, or if you don't read about it, or if you don't watch videos, and whatever, you lose out on just how it would have felt to be involved in a war," Wheeley added.

If you're interested in meeting Fifi, the Commemorative Air Force's Airpower History Tour will be open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Tuesday and Wednesday.

For more information on this historic superfortress, including ticket prices for a flight on Fifi, click on the link attached to this story.



 
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