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jarink
08-06-2010, 01:29 PM
From CAF article:
MIDLAND, TEXAS (Aug. 5, 2010). –The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is proud to announce the return to flight for FIFI, “the Queen of the Fleet.” The world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress returned to the skies early Thursday morning for its first flight since 2004.

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Story on CAF website (http://commemorativeairforce.org/?page=cms/event&eventID=79)

Photos on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midland-TX/Commemorative-Air-Force/263893947509#!/album.php?aid=198448&id=263893947509&ref=mf)

jarink
08-06-2010, 01:29 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">From CAF article:
MIDLAND, TEXAS (Aug. 5, 2010). –The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) is proud to announce the return to flight for FIFI, “the Queen of the Fleet.” The world’s only flyable Boeing B-29 Superfortress returned to the skies early Thursday morning for its first flight since 2004. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

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Story on CAF website (http://commemorativeairforce.org/?page=cms/event&eventID=79)

Photos on Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Midland-TX/Commemorative-Air-Force/263893947509#!/album.php?aid=198448&id=263893947509&ref=mf)

DrHerb
08-06-2010, 03:06 PM
Vid is on youtube!

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Treetop64
08-06-2010, 11:26 PM
Very good! It's been a while.

Was afraid she wouldn't fly again. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

JtD
08-07-2010, 12:03 AM
Nice sight and also sound.

The pilot must have been pretty confident in the aircraft to retract the landing right after take off on the first flight (after six year).

Choctaw111
08-07-2010, 10:41 AM
There isn't too much that is more awe inspiring that hearing (and seeing) one of these Superforts flying by.

DrHerb
08-08-2010, 08:59 AM
Apparently FiFi had an issue on her 2nd flight and had an emergency landing. Her no. 2 engine was running rough.

wayno7777
08-10-2010, 09:11 PM
Good to see her back. Saw her in 2004 and toured thru her in the early 80's.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v224/wayno77/Airshow%20pics/Airshow6-5-04c.jpg
A couple days after this pic, I making a delivery in north central PA when I heard this low roar. I searched the sky and low and behold at about 8,000 feet there she was. What a magnificent sight, one I will never forget....

BillyTheKid_22
08-10-2010, 09:46 PM
COOLEST!! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/clap.gif

wayno7777
09-23-2010, 09:02 PM
I think I saw the B-29 FIFI today flying north over Waldwick, NJ about ten of five tonight. Went too quick for me to dig out my phone and take a pic. Bummer. Just wondering if she is on the East Coast....

ElAurens
09-24-2010, 06:17 PM
I saw her fly back in the 70s.

Hope I can see her again soon.

Fork-N-spoon
10-06-2010, 03:01 AM
I first saw Fifi on Monday, September 3rd, 1979 at an air show in Harrisburg, Pa. The date sticks in my head so vividly because later that day, I broke both my arms while riding bicycle.

I remember that they had huge metal pans 4' by 4' minimum to catch all the leaking fluids from the engines. All the engines seemed to leak a profuse amount of oil.

ElAurens
10-06-2010, 05:38 AM
Oil leaking in large amounts is typical of the early R-3350s.

In their service lives it was not uncommon for them to use almost all of their available capacity, 50 US gallons per engine, on long missions.