Historic B-29 Bomber to make Cedar Rapids appearance
The only flying B-29 Superfortress, which is equipped with a recently restored Collins ART-13 Radio Transmitter in the original Radio Operator position, will touch down at the Eastern Iowa Airport in Cedar Rapids on Wednesday, July 18.
Known as FIFI, the four engine propeller driven heavy bomber will be escorted in flight by two Czech L-29 Delphin research jets from The University of Iowa that are equipped with our companys Live Virtual Constructive training systems and advanced technology.
The B-29 and the L-29 aircraft will be available to the general public for static tours from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, July 19, and Friday, July 20, at the PS Air Hangar. The B-29 also will be available for ride flights at 4 p.m., on July 19, and at 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. on July 20. The cost for airplane rides starts at $595. However, discounts are available if purchased online prior to the event.
General admission for static tours is $10 per person or $20 per family. Children under age 12 are free.
According to Lawrence Robinson, a senior engineering manager in Government Systems and curator of the Rockwell Collins company museum, employees and retirees in Richardson, Texas, and Cedar Rapids, Iowa, were instrumental in restoring the aircrafts vintage radio suite to operational status.
Our employees and retirees have worked hard to help preserve the memory of the B-29 radio veterans and their stories by maintaining and operating the equipment named in their honor, said Robinson. We want as many people from the community as possible to tour FIFI while shes in our own back yard.
Work on the B-29 project began in 2003 when the Robinson and other volunteers began an effort to create a fully restored and operational
B-29 radio operator position. The projects affiliation with FIFI was established last winter.
For more information about the B-29 visit to Cedar Rapids, including how to book a flight, visit