(FIFI flight engineer and tour leader, Phil Pedron, standing in front of the vintage WWII B-29 Superfortress Bomber he just landed at Windsor, International Airport on Monday, August 20, 2018. Photo above by Eric Bonnici / Eyes On Windsor.)
FIFI, one of only two airworthy vintage WWII B-29 Superfortress Bombers, circled over Windsor, Ontario, on Monday afternoon before landing at Windsor International Airport and parking next to the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association CH2A Hangar. As part of this rare U.S. Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour stop in Canada, the warplane is open for public tours, and flights at the CH2A Hangar.
This is the first time the AirPower History Tour has come to Canada with stops in eight cities over the summer including Windsor. It is also the second time that FIFI has been to Canada.
FIFI flight engineer and tour leader, Phil Pedron, says this event is really about the public having the opportunity to “see, feel, and touch the equipment that made us free.” He says it’s an amazing experience to share this piece of history, “I get goosebumps every time I get in the airplane, I guess that best describes it, to be able to bring this airplane around and show it, share it, and hand fly it… who gets to do this?!”
The public will get to experience close up views of the aircraft, tours of the cockpit, talk to the crew, learn its history, and have the opportunity to purchase an actual ride on the plane. This gives participants the chance sit in the seat once occupied by a veteran and ride the plane as it flies through the sky. In addition, amateur and professional photographers will have the opportunity to participate in a night shoot of FIFI on Wednesday evening (August 22). A steak dinner fundraisers will also take place on Friday evening (Aug 24) to benefit the Royal Canadian Air Cadets 364 Lancaster Squadron.
FIFI will remain grounded until the weekend with flights taking place in the mornings on August 25 and 26 at 9:00 A.M. and 10:30 A.M. Those interested in seeing the warplane land and takeoff or actually flying aboard FIFI should plan for visiting during this time. B-29 seats range from $595 to $1695 (USD) and flights can be booked in advance at https://www.airpowersquadron.org/book
The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour will be open to the public at the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association on Wednesday through Sunday, August 22 through 26, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Access to the museum and the ramp is $15, for adults age 18 and over, $10 age 11 to 17. Children age 10 and under are free. Family admission (parents with children under age 18) is $40.
Professional and amateur photographers interested in the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” Night Shoot happening on August 22nd between 8:00 P.M to 11:00 P.M. (rain date August 23rd) can purchase VIP Passes from the CH2A Gift Shop or through Henry’s Windsor, Camera Store on Howard. Passes are $100 each (tax included) and include access to the five-day FIFI event.
The Steak Dinner Fundraiser on August 24th inside the CH2A Hangar starts with cocktails at 5:30pm with dinner at 6:00pm. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased through the CH2A Gift Shop in person or by calling 519-966-9742.
B-29 bomber missions are credited as helping the United States to end WWII. It was the first aircraft to drop an atomic bomb (on Japan’s Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945).
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