VIDEO: Front row seat

B-29 bomber crewmen share history from World War II

Posted: September 21, 2017 at 9:39 a.m.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/ANDY SHUPE Rocky Smith, advance crew member and ramp boss for the Commemorative Air Force, directs the B-29 Superfortress Fiÿ, a World War II-era bomber, to stop at the Arkansas Air and Military Museum at Drake Field in Fayetteville. The Commemorative Air Force’s AirPower History Tour will be at the museum through Sunday.

She squeaked and squalled, bumped and lurched. But Fifi, with the pull of Betty, Rita, Mitzie and Ingrid, made it off of the ground. Not bad for a 72-year-old.

Commemorative Air Force

Power Tours

Host: Arkansas Air and Military Museum

Planes: B-29 Superfortress Fifi, B-24 Liberator, P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expediter, T-6 Texan, PT-13 Steerman, T-34 Mentor

When: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. today through Sunday

Where: The museum at Drake Field, 4290 S. School Ave., Fayetteville

Cost: $15 for adults, $10 for children ages 10 to 17, free for children younger than 10. Prices for rides vary, and rides should be booked online.

Information:,, 521-4947

NWA Democrat-Gazette/LAURINDA JOENKS Matt Younkin of Siloam Springs, co-pilot, controlls the B-29 Superfortress Fifi during a 20-minute flight from a ...

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