The B-29 Superfortress will land in Little Rock Friday. (Photo Courtesy: http://www.cafb29b24.org)
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- The famous B-29 Superfortress arrived at Adams Field Airport on Friday.
This historic World War II aircraft is arriving for a three day stay at Central Flying Service.
On Saturday and Sunday, between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., the public can get an up-close view of the aircraft, including a tour of the cockpit.
Admission is $10 per person. There is no admission for children ages 12 and under.
Central Flying Service is located at 1501 Bond Avenue in Little Rock.
**ABOUT THE CAF's B-29 SUPERFORTRESS, FIFI**:
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944. It is perhaps best known as the aircraft from which the first atomic bomb was dropped. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, having longer range and greater bomb loads; necessary for operations in the World War II Pacific theatre. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.
FIFI was acquired by the CAF in the early 1970s when a group of CAF members found her at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California where she was being used as a missile target. The airplane was rescued and restored and flew for over thirty years until 2006 when the chief pilot made the decision to ground her pending a complete power plant re-fit. What followed was an extensive four year restoration that included replacing all four engines with new custom built hybrid engines. FIFI returned to the sky in 2010 and since that time has traveled coast to coast attracting large crowds at every tour stop.