One of the shots from the photo shoot with Doc that I was invited to participate in back in June. This was a challenging shot to get, involving carefully holding the camera in the air at the top of a monopod and a lot of guesswork on composition. The unique angle, featuring the bombardier through the window of the B-29 was worth the effort.
As soon as I heard that the second flyable B-29 Superfortress, “Doc” was going to be at this year’s Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s WWII Weekend I made travel arrangements to be there. I followed the restoration progress over the last few years and wanted to see it in person. Even better, I had the opportunity to see it fly.
I also had the privilege of doing a photo shoot with it, but that’s a story for another day.
FiFi makes a photo pass during the 2016 Mid Atlantic Air Museum WWII Weekend.
The B-29 Superfortress was manufactured by Boeing from 1943 to 1946 and was flown by the US Army Air Corps and later the US Air Force from 1944 to 1960. Of the 3,970 built, only a few remain. Twenty-two are preserved in museums worldwide, a handful of airframes are in storage plus a couple of known crashes scattered throughout the world. For many years, FiFi was the only airworthy B-29 Superfortress. Recently a second B-29, Doc, completed its flight testing, earning a revised airworthyness certificate from the FAA, allowing it to travel without restrictions. I can’t wait to see Doc out on the airshow circuit starting this summer.
Today is the 100th Birthday of the Boeing Company, so I thought I’d share a photo of one of my favorite aircraft, the B-29 Superfortress which was first introduced in 1944, helping the United States win WWII. Currently “Fifi” is the only flying B-29, but if things go well on Sunday, “Doc” will become the second flying example.
In honor of Veteran’s Day earlier this week, I thought I would share a photo of one of the greatest planes flown by the greatest generation. Andrew McKenna put on an awesome demonstration of the P-51D’s capabilities during the 2015 Mid-Atlantic Air Museum’s WWII Weekend.