AirPower History Tour brings WWI aircraft to Tri-Cities Airport for public tours, rides

Published 2:08 pm Wednesday, May 10, 2023

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The sights, sounds, and stories of World War II aviation will come to life in Northeastern TN when the B-29 Superfortress “FIFI” and the B-24 Liberator “DIAMOND LIL” land at Tri-Cities Airport, accompanied by a T-6 Texan, a PT-13 Stearman and a RC-45J Expeditor. The P-51D Mustang “Gunfighter” will also be making an appearance. The event is presented by the Commemorative Air Force, which brings its AirPower History Tour to airports across North America each year. Visitors will be able to view all aircraft up close, purchase rides, and tour the B-29 and B-24 cockpits when the aircraft are not flying.
The B-29 and B-24 are scheduled to arrive Thursday, May 25, at noon. Accompanying aircraft are scheduled to arrive Thursday as well.
May 26-May 28: The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. Supporting aircraft will be offering rides each day. The B-29 flies on Saturday and Sunday at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The B-24 flies on Saturday and Sunday at 9:30 a.m. and 11 a.m.
Cockpit tours of the B-29 and B-24 will be available Friday beginning at 9 a.m., and on Saturday and Sunday when the aircraft are done flying.
The aircraft will be staged at the Tri-City Aviation FBO ramp located at Tri-Cities Airport, 350 Aviation Drive, Blountville. Access to the ramp is $20 for adults, $10 for youths age 11 through 17, and free for children age 10 and under. Rides may be booked in advance at where additional information about the event may also be found.

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