Tue, Aug 17, 2010
FIFI Will Not Be Ready To Fly, CAF Says
The Commemorative Air Force's (CAF) Consolidated B-24A Liberator
Ol' 927 will be joining country music star and CAF Spokesman Aaron
Tippin, for the first stop of the CAF's Red, White & Loud Tour
at the Colorado Sport International Air Show and Rocky Mountain
Fly-In August 28-29.
CAF Photo Ol' 927
Due to mechanical issues discovered during flight-testing, the
CAF's Boeing B-29 Superfortress FIFI will not be ready to fly to
Denver in time for the show. A distributor malfunction in engine
number two resulted in pre-ignition, damaging some of the
cylinders. The engine has been removed and will be shipped to
Anderson Aeromotive for repairs. The CAF expects the engine to be
repaired and the B-29 to return to flight in time for the 2010 CAF
AIRSHO, October 9-10 at Midland International Airport between
Midland and Odessa, Texas.
"Although we were excited about FIFI returning to flight, we are
equally excited about the B-24 kicking off the Red, White &
Loud Tour," said CAF President and CEO, Stephan Brown. "Ol' 927 is
one of only two B-24's flying in the world and she is an impressive
heavy bomber. We expect the crowd at the Colorado Sport
International Air Show to enjoy seeing her provide the backdrop to
Aaron Tippin's patriotic concert."
"Our excitement over FIFI was more than just her return to the
skies. It is what she and the other CAF aircraft represent to our
community. We are losing thousands of our World War II hero's each
day," said Colorado Sport International Air Show Director, Scott
McMillan. "Soon they will be gone, but these wonderful pieces of
history will live on in their place to remind us about those who
fought for our freedom and the sacrifices they made. We welcome Ol'
927 with open arms. I'm glad that we are able to be a part of the
CAF mission to bring these flying pieces of history to so
One of only two flight-worthy Consolidated B-24 Liberators, Ol'
927 and country music star/patriot Aaron Tippin will launch the
CAF's Red, White & Loud Tour celebrating America's freedom
through song and the roaring radial engines of one of the world's
most famous warbirds. In 2011, the CAF's Boeing B-29 Superfortress
FIFI will return to costar with Aaron Tippin on the Red, White
& Loud Tour.
The CAF's B-24 Ol' 927 will be available for guided tours and
the public will also have an opportunity to purchase a ride in the
Consolidated B-24 Liberator at the Colorado Sport International Air
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