Posts Tagged ‘Fifi’

Barnstormer sets off to grow general aviation

Friday, May 31st, 2013

Sarah Wilson will join with the B-29 bomber Fifi this summer on a national tour. Her goal is to use the original Stearman Speedmail that promoted a wildly successful radio show in the 1930s, “The Flying Adventures of Jimmie Allen,” to interest another generation of youth in aviation. The show, sponsored by an oil company, started a youth club called the Jimmie Allen Flying Club and attracted a million kids. Here’s a schedule of where she will appear. Chalres Lindbergh flew the 1929 Stearman on April 2, 1930 (scroll halfway down this Facebook page).

Meet Fifi’s captain and 14-year-old Nick

Saturday, April 7th, 2012

Want to see a youngster with a real passion for flying? Look for the Nick in the red shirt this video, and you’ll see just that. Jim Moore, who reports for AOPA Online, has just published his video on Commemorative Air Force Col. David Oliver, the captain of Fifi, the only flying Boeing B-29 in the world. To B-29 crews in World War II, Oliver at 29 would had been the old man. Nick was at the B-29 every morning of Sun `n Fun.  After Moore’s interview in front of the plane and in the cockpit was over, I introduced Nick to Oliver, and Oliver gave him an inside tour. By the way, Moore not only shot this video, he edited it in the days following Sun `n Fun.