Patriotic Festival and Squadron of WW II Planes Landing Sept. 13-17; Iconic B-29 “FIFI” joined by other historic aircraft
BRANSON, Aug. 8 –– Branson Airport, Branson Veterans Task Force and The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) are partnering together to bring the Ozarks region an experience like none other. A “hands-on” history lesson and flying museum will be at the Branson Airport (BKG) when FIFI, the Commemorative Air Force’s iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber, visits September 13-17 along with seven other historically significant aircraft that changed American history.
The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is perhaps best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. 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 is one of only two flying B-29 Superfortresses in the world.
Joining the B-29 will be the B-25 Mitchell, P-51 Mustang, T-6 Texan, T-34 Mentor, C-45 Expeditor, and PT-13 Stearman. The public may purchase rides on all of the CAF aircraft by going online to www.AirpowerSquadron.org or day of the event on a space-available basis.
The AirPower History Tour will be held at the Branson Airport Jet Center, 130 Wright Brothers Road, Hollister, Mo., Sept. 13-17. Gates are open 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily and admission is $15 for adults, $5 for children ages 11-17, and children under age 10 are free. Admission includes a free tour of the B-29, access to the aircraft, plus live entertainment by Branson performers Friday through Sunday. A portion of event proceeds to benefit the Branson Veterans Task Force in furthering this area’s mission of serving and promoting America’s Veterans.
Commemorative Air Force is a 501(c)(3) non-profit educational organization and uses admission fees and ride fees to maintain the aircraft and organization of tour stops. All donations are tax deductible.
AirPower History Tour Coming to Branson