The AirPower History Tour (part of the B-29/B-24 Squadron of the Commemorative Air Force) has touched down in Niagara Falls. It aims to give spectators the opportunity to experience the history and grandeur of some of the military’s most historic aircraft up-close and personal.
The show features two of the rarest World War II bombers functioning today. The B-29 Superfortress, “FIFI,” is one of only two flying B-29s in the world. The B-24 Liberator, “Diamond Lil,” was one of the first B-24s produced. She is the oldest World War II-era four-engine bomber in existence and one of only two B-24s still flying.
The two bombers are to be accompanied by a T-6 Texan and a PT-13 Stearman. The P-51 Mustang “Gunfighter” will also be making an appearance, scheduled to arrive at noon Friday, July 2.
The event is open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through July 5. Access to the ramp where the planes are parked is $20 for adults, $10 for children ages 11-17, and free for children 10 and under. Visitors to the ramp will be able to view all aircraft up close and tour the B-29 and B-24 cockpits when the aircraft are not flying.
Perhaps most exciting, attendees can actually take to the skies in the aircraft of their choice for an additional fee. For available times and seating availability, visit www.airpowersquadron.org/airplane-rides and save by booking rides online.
Riders must be at least 12 years of age and able to physically climb in and out of the aircraft under their own power. For more information, call the ride coordinator at 432-413-4100.
The B-29 Superfortress, "FIFI," and the PT-13 Stearman were the first planes to land at Niagara Falls International Airport on Monday for the AirPower History Tour. (Photos by Michael DePietro)