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CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight  
User currently offlineegronenthal From United States of America, joined Apr 2005, 54 posts, RR: 0
Posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 6791 times:

First flight of the Commemorative Air Force B-29 "FiFi" since her overhaul...

Great video:

http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/?page=cms/event&eventID=79

Some good info on the engine mods:

http://www.aviationweek.com/aw/blogs...=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest

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User currently offlineCMB56 From United States of America, joined Dec 2009, 230 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 6703 times:

Read the article with great interest. I recall the efforts to bring back a B-29 from Greenland that ended tragically. Back in 1985 I was in Abilene, TX when the CAF came in for a weekend show. Sunday morning the whole fleet including the B-29 flew around town at about 1000 feet. Really great. Jets and turbines may rule now but it is impossible to beat the sound of the big old recips. Inline or radial they all sound great.

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 2, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 6559 times:

Great to see FiFi flying again. How is the Boeing restoration of their B-29 coming along?

User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3434 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 6548 times:
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Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 2):
How is the Boeing restoration of their B-29 coming along?

Which one? I believe Boeing is (or has anyway) participated in two B-29 projects, "Doc" in Wichita, and another B-29 associated with the Museum of Flight.

Looks like "Doc" needs hangar space...

http://www.b-29doc.com/status.shtml

"Doc" engine run. Is that a B-29 APU? Rare to see video of one running if it is...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGV2P5ECEks&NR=1

Donated engine being delivered. Note the outdoor storage location.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zU_W7KzeTOM

[Edited 2010-08-07 08:13:54]


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User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 4, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 3 days 5 hours ago) and read 6458 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 3):
Which one? I believe Boeing is (or has anyway) participated in two B-29 projects, "Doc" in Wichita, and another B-29 associated with the Museum of Flight.

Looks like "Doc" needs hangar space...

"Doc", and thanks for the updates.


User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 5, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 6380 times:

Can't wait to see 'Fifi' on approach into Addison, her new home.

User currently onlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 6320 times:

I fixed a loose antenna wire on Fifi for Hal Fenner at Midland once. Wanted to replace the bad looking electrical connectors in the whole plane, but they wouldn't let me have her for three years.


Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 7, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 12 hours ago) and read 6129 times:

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 6):
Wanted to replace the bad looking electrical connectors in the whole plane

Does she still have her original 1944 wiring?


User currently onlinenomadd22 From United States of America, joined Feb 2008, 1764 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (3 years 8 months 2 weeks 1 day 7 hours ago) and read 6060 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 7):
Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 6):
Wanted to replace the bad looking electrical connectors in the whole plane

Does she still have her original 1944 wiring?


I know a lot of instruments had been rewired but most of the bundles looked pretty old and the connectors looked older than me. The connector I replaced looked like a poorly installed Radio Shack special, which it probably was.
Did they use that flat waxed string to wrap the bundles back then?



Andy Goetsch
User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 9, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 5873 times:

Quoting nomadd22 (Reply 8):
Did they use that flat waxed string to wrap the bundles back then?

Yes, I believe Boeing used flat waxed string in both the B-17 and B-29 when they built them in the 1940s.


User currently offlineJohnM From United States of America, joined Feb 2001, 337 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5789 times:

Waxed string. Still in use today, and superior to zip ties in my opinion. A guy told me this week @ work that zip ties will not be used any more, and we will use wax string 100%!

User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 11, posted (3 years 8 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 5786 times:

Quoting JohnM (Reply 10):
A guy told me this week @ work that zip ties will not be used any more, and we will use wax string 100%!

I believe the wax string is also lighter in weight than zip-ties are.


User currently offlinefanofjets From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 1943 posts, RR: 3
Reply 12, posted (3 years 8 months 2 days ago) and read 5415 times:

Quoting CMB56 (Reply 1):
Jets and turbines may rule now but it is impossible to beat the sound of the big old recips. Inline or radial they all sound great.

I totally agree! And I have a particular fondness for WWII aircraft. I am very happy for the CAF; those folks work very hard to keep great aircraft in the air. I hope to be able to see Fifi at the World War II Weekend at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum!



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User currently offlineAirRyan From United States of America, joined Mar 2005, 2532 posts, RR: 5
Reply 13, posted (3 years 8 months 1 day 1 hour ago) and read 5300 times:

Quoting KC135TopBoom (Reply 11):
I believe the wax string is also lighter in weight than zip-ties are.

But it still doesn't hurt to have a zip tie every now and then, regardless - they don't weigh that much.


User currently offline747fan From United States of America, joined Jun 2007, 1184 posts, RR: 1
Reply 14, posted (3 years 8 months 11 hours ago) and read 5232 times:

Fantastic news, I remember seeing FiFi back in 1995 at the Clark County Airshow at JVY (Louisville area). Can't beat the sound of those 4 big radials.
Not only was the B-29 there, but also a B-17, B-24, B-25 & B-26. Fantastic airshow, shame that the show the following year in 1996 was the last.


User currently offlineKC135TopBoom From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 12061 posts, RR: 52
Reply 15, posted (3 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 5 hours ago) and read 5130 times:

Quoting 747fan (Reply 14):
Can't beat the sound of those 4 big radials.

Wrrrrrrrr, putt, putt, putter, putter, potateo, potateo, potateo, Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, and of course the initial burst of smoke and fire from the exhaust pipes.

Always loved that. Early in my USAF career, we still had a few C-47s, C-97s, C-54s, C-118s, HU-16s, T-29s, C-131s, and C-123s. The ANG was also still flying the KC-97s, too. At airshows, I have heard the B-17, C-47/R4D, B-25, P-40, P-47, P-51, F4U, and a few other radials or inline engines. I just love the sound of the old Merlins on the P-51s.


User currently offlineHaveBlue From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 2090 posts, RR: 1
Reply 16, posted (3 years 7 months 4 weeks 1 day 3 hours ago) and read 5100 times:

Glad to see she's flying again! I've seen her a couple of times, the last of which was around 7 years ago here at DAB. She was on Yelvingtons ramp, along with local P-51 Obsession (gorgeous!) and the local replica Fokker Dr.1, plus 2 Stearmans. Got to go up inside of it as well. It is a beautiful plane.

TICO airshow in Titusville used to bring in the B-17 and B-24 regularly, but not so much anymore. Now I get to see them when they do their annual maintance at very nearby New Smyrna EVB every year, plus the B-25.

TICO is still great for hearing/seeing B-25's, T-6's and T-28's by the dozen, a P-51 or two, Dick Foot in his F4 Wildcat, a Skyraider and that's about it as far as radials as far as I can remember. Used to have a lot more 20 years ago...



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