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World War II bomber lands at Nashua airfield

The Commemorative Air Force B-29 Superfortress known as "Fifi" landed in Nashua Monday, ready for its weeklong stop as part of its nationwide flying history tour.

The giant four-engine World War II-era bomber – along with an accompanying C-45 transport plane – are part of the Air Power History tour, which is crossing the country from its home turf in Fort Worth, Texas.

Adventurous history and plane buffs can book a flight on one of two days the planes are offering rides.

"For the lucky few who actually ride it, you get to experience what those kids did in World War II," said tour leader Col. Glenn Mount of the Commemorative Air Force.

This is the second year the planes have visited the Nashua airport. Access for tours and ride tickets can be had through a gate near the airport’s control tower, behind Daniel Webster College.

The flying history group maintains historic military aircraft and has formed a coalition of like-minded fliers and volunteers nationwide to educate and foster a close understanding of wartime aviation during World War II.

Mount, who owns his own military aircraft and flies for sport, said, "When I fly in the airplane it’s always an experience for me."

Mount said he tells riders, "Yeah, we’re going on a ride around the area, but when you get on that plane and it starts up, and you see that smoke billow from those four engines, you feel that rumble, you think of those kids over there on those Pacific islands. Most of them had never seen an ocean. They had never seen an airplane, let alone something like that," he said, gesturing toward Fifi.

"Next thing you know they’re in Tinian or Guam or Saipan. These young men went over as kids and came out as men."

Mount tells them, "Let your mind wander and think about what it would have been like. You’re looking out over green pastures and rivers or what have you; they’re looking at an enemy," he said.

"We try to keep all of our airplanes flying. That’s our motto – keep them flying. To experience an airplane in a museum is one thing. To experience it out here – see it, smell it, touch it" is a gratifying experience, he said.

Rides on Fifi will be at 9 and 10:30 a.m., on Saturday, June 11, and Sunday, June 12. The cost is $570.

Rides on the accompanying C-45 cargo plane will take place at various times on each day the planes are visiting Nashua.

Fifi will be available for ground tours at Boire Field in Nashua from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. June 8-12. Access to the bomber and any accompanying planes is $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 10-17. Children younger than 10 are free.

Don Himsel can be reached at 594-6590, dhimsel@nashuatelegraph.com or @Telegraph_DonH.