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Gunmetal and history: Taking the Commemorative Air Force Airpower History Tour

A Boeing B-29 Superfortress at the Henderson Executive Airport.
Adam Shane
Adam Shane

Commemorative Air Force Airpower History Tour | Henderson Executive Airport | March 25, 2015 | 12:58 P.M.

This is the world’s last flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, “Fifi,” brought to Henderson as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour. This model of aircraft is known as the launching pad for the first supersonic experimental jet, and more notoriously as the atomic bomber of WWII. Fifi, however, is more like a movie star, having played both of those famous planes and others in a variety of Hollywood films. The smell of gunmetal and history ooze out of its every rivet and 141-foot wingspan. More than 70 years after its birth, it’s still an impressive and imposing machine to behold.

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