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CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Fri Aug 06, 2010 7:56 pm

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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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Fri Aug 06, 2010 11:32 pm

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.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Sat Aug 07, 2010 2:19 pm

Great to see FiFi flying again. How is the Boeing restoration of their B-29 coming along?
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Sat Aug 07, 2010 3:01 pm

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

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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Sat Aug 07, 2010 10:18 pm

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.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Sun Aug 08, 2010 5:12 am

Can't wait to see 'Fifi' on approach into Addison, her new home.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Sun Aug 08, 2010 2:19 pm

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.
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Mon Aug 09, 2010 2:34 pm

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

Does she still have her original 1944 wiring?
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Mon Aug 09, 2010 8:16 pm

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?
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Wed Aug 11, 2010 3:32 pm

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.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:31 pm

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%!
 
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Wed Aug 11, 2010 10:52 pm

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.
 
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Mon Aug 23, 2010 3:08 am

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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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2010 1:42 am

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.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Tue Aug 24, 2010 4:01 pm

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.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Wed Aug 25, 2010 10:03 pm

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.
 
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RE: CAF B-29 "FiFi" Returns To Flight

Thu Aug 26, 2010 12:20 am

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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