World War II bomber – B-29 Superfortress – coming to Nashua

NASHUA – FIFI, one of the only two B-29 bombers in the world that still flies, is set to touch down at Boire Field in Nashua for a five-day visit.

The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour offers stories of World War II aviation. This iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress will be accompanied by a C-45 Expeditor and a T-6 Texan. The tour’s aircraft collection provides a hands-on history lesson to those across North America. Those interested will be able to view the aircraft up close and personal with a tour of the cockpit while the airplanes are grounded.

First flown in 1942, the B-29 began active service in 1944. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17 and B-24 bombers. The aircraft helped bring an end to World War II, while it was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s.

Officials with CAF were able to rescue and restore the aircraft in the early 1970s when a group found it at the U.S. Navy Proving Ground at China Lake, California. At the time, the military planned to use it as a missile target.

Since then, it has flown for more than 40 years from coast to coast, while doing tour stops.

The Commemorative Air Force is the world’s largest flying museum, as more than 170 World War II airplanes are assigned to unit locations across the U.S. and are supported by 12,000 volunteer members.

The Nashua event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., July 11-15 at Boire Field control tower at 93 Perimeter Road. Access to the museum and ramp is $10 for adults and $5 for youth ages 10 and older. Those under 10 will be admitted free of charge.

Rides range from $85 to $1,695, depending on the aircraft type and seat chosen. People can book rides in advance at www.airpowersquadron.org, where one can find additional information about the event.

More information on CAF can be found at www.commemorativeairforce.org.

Adam Urquhart can be reached at 594-1206 or aurquhart@nashuatelegraph.com.