Airpower History Tour Brings Historic WWII Planes To TASM

Wednesday, September 12th 2018, 5:22 pm
By: News On 6

Pieces of World War II history have arrived in Tulsa and are on display at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

FiFi is back in town!  FiFi is one of only two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses still flying.  She’s here visiting TASM as part of the Commemorative Air Force’s Airpower History Tour.

B-29s were used in World War II beginning in 1944.

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“These basically were targeting Japan, trying to get them to capitulate so we didn’t have to invade,” said Glenn Mount.

It was two B-29s just like FiFi that dropped atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, which led to the end of the war.

Other WWII planes are at TASM as part of the tour.  There will also be a P-51 Mustang, C-45, T-6 Texan, and a Boeing Stearman biplane.

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The Airpower History Tour is a living history lesson we can touch and seen, and even fly in for a fee.

It was on Ben Kehe’s bucket list.

I’ve wanted to see one of these in the flesh all my life,” said Kehe.  “Now, I’ve fulfilled that.”

For the volunteer crews who tour with these aircraft for weeks at a time, what they get in return is the stories they hear from the visitors they meet.

“You transformed part of their life into something they’ll never forget,” said Mount.  “There’s not enough money on the planet to give you that feeling.  You can’t get it any other way.”

The Airpower History Tour will be in Tulsa through Sunday.