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B-29/B-24 Squadron Tour Coming to Fargo Sept. 2-9
August 9, 2002

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The world's only flying B-29 Superfortress, "Fifi", and the world's oldest flying B-24/LB 30 Liberator, "Diamond Lil", will be in Fargo, North Dakota at the Hector International Airport, arriving Monday, September 2nd and departing September 9th.

FiFi PictureThe B-29 built by Boeing has been called the weapon that won the war in the Pacific during World War II. Designed to eventually replace the B-17 and B-24, it has a wing span of 141 feet and is 31 feet wide. It flew its maiden voyage on September 21, 1942.

The B-24 has a wingspan of 110 feet and length exceeding 66 feet. This metal giant's Pratt & Whitney engines consume 200 gallons of fuel per hour.

The historic aircraft are owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force ("CAF"), a non-profit organization based in Midland, Texas. They will be available for viewing beginning Monday, September 2nd from 3:00-6:00 p.m. and will continue daily from 9:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m. through Sunday, September 9th. Admission for viewing is $5.00 for adults, $3.00 ages 9-13 and free for youth under 9 years. All proceeds are used to maintain the aircraft.

B24 PictureB-29 cockpit tours are $5.00 adults, $3.00 ages 9-13 and free for youth under 9, accompanied by an adult.

B-24 aircraft tours are $3.00 adults, $1.00 ages 9-13 and free for youth under 9, accompanied by an adult. B-24 rides will be available on Sunday, September 8th. For information on rides call 915-413-4100.

The CAF's primary mission is preserving history and teaching the lessons learned from the past to protect the future and to inspire the young people of today. "We're excited to visit Fargo and encourage everyone to come out," said Sherry Johnson, B-29/B-24 Squadron Tour Director. "This is a great way for veterans to touch the memories of the past and for youth to catch a glimpse of America's rich history!"

The Fargo Air Museum is asking that all former crew members contact Pam Miller at 701-293-8043. "We would like to coordinate some type of reunion for those who served our country in a way that is very special," said Miller.

In depth information about Tour 2002, Fifi, Diamond 'Lil and the CAF is available at
www.cafb29b24.org. Special arrangements can be made to schedule interviews and cover aircraft arrival and departure.

 


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