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Classic Aero-TV: Flying CAF's FIFI--Volunteers Keep American Treasure Airworthy

From 2016 (YouTube Version): Hear the Story of the CAF B-29 Named “FIFI”…

While at EAA AirVenture 2016, our ANN video crew headed out to get some shots of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) B-29, known as “FIFI”. We met up with Steve Zimmerman, who was the aircraft commander for “FIFI” on this year’s trip to AirVenture.

Zimmerman provides a great overall background of the airplane, how it flies, and what kind of original equipment it still has installed. As Zimmerman describes the various items, our camera crews do a great job of picking up exactly what he was talking about. You’ll also see some great World War II film clips of the B-29’s in action.

As he explains the operation of the airplane, and he also explains the reason why the CAF is so interested in keeping this airplane in operation and bringing it to the forefront for the public to see. Zimmerman reminds us that the CAF goes to the expense and effort to keep this airplane operating so the airplane can be used as a flying museum to commemorate all those who fought in World War II.

If you’re wondering where this airplane came from, Zimmerman gives you the details of how it was rescued from a Navy target range and restored to become this flying museum. There’s no doubt about it, flying this airplane has got to be one of the best volunteer aviation jobs around.

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