Smyrna Airport welcomes one-of-a-kind Boeing B-29 Superfortress - WKRN News 2

Smyrna Airport welcomes one-of-a-kind Boeing B-29 Superfortress

Posted: Updated: July 7, 2013 09:36 PM
SMYRNA, Tenn. -

Sunday was the last day to visit the Smyrna Airport to see a rare piece of American history.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, known as Fifi, is the only one of its kind still able to fly in the entire world.

Currently in the possession of the Commemorative Air Force, Fifi is shown at air shows across the country.

""We don't think this airplane is retiring for a long time. We are going to keep her going, we got brand new engines on her and she is going to continue flying around the country and allow people to go inside the cockpit to take a ride," said Aircraft Commander, David Oliver.

Co-pilot Paul Maupin told Nashville's News 2 that if the year were 1945, it would be the biggest airplane in the world.

"It was the airplane that basically won the Pacific War fro the United States and the airplane, at the end of this month, will be 68 years old," Maupin said.

Over 4,000 B-29 Fortresses were built during World War II.

Fifi is 99 feet long and 141 feet wide, from wing tip to wing tip.

Aaron Tippin, country singer and spokesperson for the Commemorative Air Force, took the plane for a flight.

"It is a handful to fly, but it's glorious. I mean it's wonderful you are flying just a piece of history. It's so cool," Tippin said with excitement.

Fifi came to Tennessee with the AirPower History Tour. To read more about the tour or the Commemorative Air Force, visit their Web site at AirPowerSquadron.org

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