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What’s better than a flyover from a B-29 Superfortress? The obvious answer is flyovers from TWO B-29 Superfortresses! AirVenture 2017 was an exciting week for many reasons, but this just may be the best reason of all. For the first time since 1960, there were two airworthy B-29 Superfortresses sharing the skies, and the AirshowStuff.com crew was there to capture this historic moment.
Although “Fifi” has ruled the airshow circuit as the only flyable B-29 for years, “Doc” became airworthy in 2016 and completed test flights in 2017. Attention immediately turned to the first time these aircraft would meet each other, and there was little doubt it’d be in Oshkosh. The two ultra-rare warbirds flew together several times during the week, ultimately flying in close formation together along with numerous other historical and modern bombers for an absolutely astonishing joint flyby!
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The Heavies Are The Stars At AirVenture 2017
2017 will forever be known as the “Year of the Bombers” at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh – and with good reason! With the memories of last week’s spectacle of aviation still fresh in our minds, the AirshowStuff.com crew is proud to present this video containing all of the major bombers that made an appearance at #OSH17. This video has something for every lover of the mud movers, from the only two flying B-29 Superfortresses “Fifi” and “Doc”, to the high-tech B-1B Lancer and B-2 Spirit. And let’s not forget the venerable workhorse of the bomber fleet, the B-52 Stratofortress.
Visitors were treated to multiple flybys, including a rare Bomber Triad flyover that included all three current USAF bombers in formation, plus static displays of the B-1B, the B-52, a re-enactment of the infamous Doolittle Raid including twelve B-25 Mitchell bombers, and both flyable B-29 Superfortresses on the ground and in the air. This video is sure to get your blood pumping and your adrenaline flowing. You’ll hear the scream of the eight Pratt and Whitney TF33 engines of the mighty B-52 as it roars overhead, and you’ll feel the rumble in your chest from the eight Wright Cyclone radial engines of both B-29s as they pass by. Check out the afterburner action of the B-1B as it rolls in at high speed with wings swept, heading straight for you! And who could forget the stealthy B-2 Spirit as it gracefully sweeps by, prominent bat-wing design on full display. This video has just about everything a bomber fan could love so sit down, strap in, and set your video player to 1080p so you can truly enjoy this awesome display of sheer firepower!
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Two new albums are now available in our photo gallery! Check them out here:
After a couple decades of hard work, the world gained a second flying B-29 Superfortress this morning when “Doc” took to the skies at McConnell AFB in Kansas. The Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 “Fifi” was previously the only flying example of the type. The first flight event was live streamed online for those not in the gathered crowd, and a replay can be viewed below for those who missed it. Now “Doc” will continue with a program of managed flight testing to fully prove all of the aircraft’s systems. If the timing works out, it may even be able to make an appearance at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh!
You can learn more about the project and help with the continued efforts here.
The eagerly anticipated first flight of the B-29 Superfortress “Doc” has been scheduled for Sunday, July 17th. The flight will mark a culmination of 16 years of restoration by volunteers in Wichita. The flight is expected to take place in the early morning, weather allowing, and viewing information will be announced for anyone in the area who wants to watch. The group leading the restoration recently obtained permission from the Department of Defense to use the military runway at McConnell AFB for the flight.
The planned timing does leave open the possibility for Doc to attend this year’s EAA AirVenture Oshkosh show at the end of the month. Hours of flight testing will need to be completed first, though. The world’s only other flyable B-29, “Fifi”, is already confirmed for AirVenture.
In a post on the Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron’s Facebook page, it was announced that their B-29 Superfortress “Fifi” will be participating in a historic flight at the upcoming Barksdale AFB Defenders of Liberty Air Show, to be held on 30 April and 1 May this year. The post detailed that Fifi will be participating in a formation flight with one of Barksdale’s B-52 Stratofortresses as well as the Lone Star Flight Museum’s B-17 Flying Fortress “Thunderbird.”
While the formation of a B-52 and B-17 has been seen before in recent years, the addition of the B-29 is significant in a historic aspect. Arguably, strategic air power for the United States began shortly before World War II with the US Army Air Corps purchase of Boeing Y1B-17s. Later manufactured and flown in service as the B-17, it became the backbone of air power in the European theater. Following the success of the 17 and strategic bombing, the B-29 would take over as the dominant force behind America’s newly formed Air Force until it’s retirement in 1960. At the dawn of the jet age, the B-29 would then be replaced by multiple new bomber designs until the iconic B-52 ultimately seated itself as the primary bomber of strategic air power for the US Air Force from 1952 on, still serving today.
The planned flight holds significance in the additional regard that the Boeing Company, the manufacturer of all three airframes, celebrates their centennial this year. For spectators at the show, this will be a unique opportunity to see the lineage of US bomber technology and heritage sharing the skies as a veritable bridge across time joining past and present.
Hey AirshowStuff fans, all of our full photo albums from EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015 have been updated with over 400 amazing photos to browse through! Check out some sample images below, and click the links to view the complete albums!
EAA AirVenture 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer
View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer
EAA AirVenture 2015 – Patrick Barron
View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – Patrick Barron
EAA AirVenture 2015 – Anthony Richards
View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – Anthony Richards
EAA AirVenture 2015 – David Jacobson
View full photo album: EAA AirVenture 2015 – David Jacobson
Two new albums have been added to the AirshowStuff photo gallery from Heavy Bombers Weekend 2015 in Madison, WI. We’ve covered the event here in a previous post, but since then it has been announced that the 2016 edition will take place in Janesville, WI instead of Madison. The plan is to rotate between the two cities from now on.
As before, many thanks go to Pete Buffington, Jeff Davis, and Wisconsin Aviation for their hospitality!
Check out our photo albums at the links below!
Heavy Bombers Weekend 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer
View full photo album: Heavy Bombers Weekend 2015 – Ryan Sundheimer
Heavy Bombers Weekend 2015 – Patrick Barron
View full photo album: Heavy Bombers Weekend 2015 – Patrick Barron
According to Warbirds News, the B-29 Superfortress known as ‘Doc’ will have its first engine run this Friday at 8:00 a.m. The event will take place at Air Capital Flightline in Wichita, Kansas. Warbird fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the B-29 ever since its ‘rollout’ announcement back in March.
Once ‘Doc’ becomes airworthy, it will join ‘Fifi’ (pictured above) as the world’s only two airworthy B-29 Superfortresses. ‘Doc’ is very close to its first flight, with Warbirds News detailing the following as of a month ago:
– The aircraft has been partially fueled and checked closely for leaks, with none occurring.
– The fuel system is currently being fine-tuned prior to pressurization and engine start.
– Turbocharger casings are now installed on all four engines.
– Engine exhaust system installations are nearly complete.
– Final avionics components are ready to install, including the intercoms required for ground and air operations.
The event is open to media. AirshowStuff will not be attending, but we will keep you posted!
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