Last WWII B-29 Bomber Coming to Tyler
The Tyler Morning Telegraph reports that the last “flying” B-29 Superfortress Bomber left in the world will be in Tyler later this month — the 18th through the 20th — at Tyler’s Historic Aviation Memorial Museum.
The WWII era bomber with the nickname “FiFi” painted on the side is owned by the Commemorative Air Force, which is taking her on a national tour to show-case her history and offer opportunities to examine her up close and even hitch a ride.
The B-29 was the biggest and most important bomber of the entire war, because it was the only bomber capable of making round-trip bombing runs from remote Pacific islands to Japan. It secured its place in history when it was used to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and bring the war to an immediate end.
The B-29 was the first of the big and heavy modern long range bombers, and it led almost immediately to development of the giant B-52 bomber. It’s an awesome thing to see up close, and if you’ve never seen one, it’s worth a trip to Tyler.