On Tuesday FIFI, the iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress -- the only one in the world still flying -- landed at the Smyrna Airport. Country Music Legend Aaron Tippin flew the plane into the airport...
Also at the airport was enthusiast Daryl Fisher. He commented on the B-29 airplane...
Fisher is with the Middle Tennessee Motor Pool and the Historical Cadet Corps.
The B-29 was accompanied by a plane that was once flown by Charles Lindbergh. He made the first solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Lindbergh later flew in the plane that is now owned by pilot Sarah Wilson from Florida. The plane Wilson flew into Smyrna on Tuesday was a 1929 Lloyd Stearman design plane.
Airplane Below Information:
The magic and excitement of aviation in the 1930s has been reborn by visionary Sarah Wilson who will accompany the tour in Nashville with her newly restored Stearman Speedmail. This 1929 airplane is the oldest surviving Stearman Model 4 Speedmail and is a real life celebrity vehicle. Originally delivered to the Richfield Oil Company on October 28, 1929, this plane was the flagship for the Jimmie Allen Flying Club based on the popular radio program The Air Adventures of Jimmie Allen. The Jimmie Allen radio series and Flying Club were important tools and greatly influenced the generation that would fly in WWII.
The CAF AirPower History Tour brings together the aircraft, pilots and crews from 67 CAF units across the country to create an ever changing assortment of military aircraft bringing the sights, sounds and smells of World War II aviation history to audiences across the United States.
Open to the Public on Wednesday:
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday through Sunday July 3 - 7 9:00 am to 6:30 pm
Gate Admission Cost:
$10 per person and $20 for families -- Mom, Dad and kids 17 and under. Children age 10 and under free.
B-29 cockpit tours are FREE with paid admission. These tours are only available when the aircraft is not in motion. This is generally from 12:00 pm to 6:30 pm each day ride flights occur and 9:00 am to 6:30 pm other days.
Ride Flight Times:
B-29 will fly at 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The P-51 and C-45 will fly on demand throughout the event.
Ride prices start at $65 for the C-45 and $595 for the B-29. P-51 rides start at $1750. There is a discount if you reserve online. Ride reservations may be made atwww.AirPowerTour.org or call (432) 413-4100.
Smyrna/Rutherford County Airport, 278 Doug Warpoole Road, Smyrna, TN