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Old Mar 16, 2014, 8:02 PM   #1
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The B-29 Superfortress "FIFI" is the only remaining operational Superfortress that is still flying. It is owned and maintained by the Commemorative Air Force, which restores and maintains historic old aircraft. It was visiting this week over in Lakeland, Florida, so I drove over and took a few photographs.















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Steve .. nice .. esp as you got to see the cockpit.

I'm surpised this is the only surviving flying B29 .. I know that they would be rare to be in flying condition but only one in the world is shocking.
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Beautiful aircraft. Having seen the Enola Gay at the museum, the size of those aircraft are awesome. Sitting there on it's own, it is hard to appreciate exactly how big they are.
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Great photos! Thanks, Steven.

They did decide that the name "Conferderate" wasn't too popular in most parts of the US.
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Thanks for looking and commenting Harj, Greg, and Ted.




There were also three other small old restored aircraft on display. (By the way, flights were available in the aircraft, starting at $75, with the B-29 at $595 being the most expensive.)




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Very nice pictures of one of my favorites airplanes, amazing the condition of this plane, looks like new.

The C45 is another beauty.

Thank you for sharing.

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Beautiful aircraft nicely captured. I'm a fan of flying and with a student permit went so far as to do cross country solo. Then I started a family and something had to go. I decided I loved my little daughter too much so flying lessons dropped off the budget.
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...really nice images Steven, well done there

The B-17 Aluminum Overcast is due back in Arlington in April. While I have photographed the plane twice and have covered every facet of her, in & out, I will try to get back for more of the same. It will be in Arlington only 1-day so will need to fit it in.

I've not seen "FIFI" here, that would be a wonderful thing, if it comes I will be ready.
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Oohh... gotta love the B-29.... and all the others too...
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Great shots and great memories Steven. I remember these big girt buggers flying out of Manston air base in Kent. This was just after the war when I used to visit my aunt down on the coast of Kent.
I know they had more than one though...

Later they became B-50's and then Stratocruisers used by the likes of PanAm.
A Kiwi friend of mine worked on the Guppie project in Santa Barbara CA. And the pregnant guppy pictured here. Both based on Stratocruisers.
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