Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in

Back in ‘04 the CAF brought a couple planes to the Allegheny County Airport for a little static appearance. Being a general aviation operation, AGC also had a few interesting planes around...

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CAF’s B-29A-60-BN, better known as FIFI
CAF’s B-29A-60-BN, better known as FIFI
Photo: Justin Gibb

Delivered to the AAF in ‘45, the B-29 that became FIFI was quickly converted to a TB-29 trainer. It served as an administrative aircraft for a time, then was placed in desert storage until ‘53. Retired again in 1958, the plane was bailed to the Navy and placed at China Lake NAWS for use as a target, where it remained until 1971 When the CAF acquired it and began restoring the plane.

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Three of the four Wright R-3350 engines that power FIFI
Three of the four Wright R-3350 engines that power FIFI
Photo: Justin Gibb
Even with minimal publicity, the old girl draws quite a crowd.
Even with minimal publicity, the old girl draws quite a crowd.
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Sooty, but well cared for.
Sooty, but well cared for.
Photo: Justin Gibb
Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
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FIFI has appeared in numerous fims and TV shows.
FIFI has appeared in numerous fims and TV shows.
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Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
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One of the lower gun turrets, with two replica .50 Browning AN/M2
One of the lower gun turrets, with two replica .50 Browning AN/M2
Photo: Justin Gibb
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One of the sighting blisters. From here, aided by a GE analog computer, gunners aimed the turrets at attacking fighters.
One of the sighting blisters. From here, aided by a GE analog computer, gunners aimed the turrets at attacking fighters.
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Built in ‘40, Diamond Lil often accompanies her little sister on visits
Built in ‘40, Diamond Lil often accompanies her little sister on visits
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Not as famous as other WWII bombers, the B-24 is still an imposing sight.
Not as famous as other WWII bombers, the B-24 is still an imposing sight.
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Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
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Nose art needs to come back.
Nose art needs to come back.
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Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
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Photo: Justin Gibb
Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
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Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
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Illustration for article titled 2004 Commemorative Air Force Fly-in
Photo: Justin Gibb
Time to go. And yes, that sound was glorious.
Time to go. And yes, that sound was glorious.
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And now, some of the other planes I saw during this visit.

A Sikorsky S-58T
A Sikorsky S-58T
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902CH is still flying for Construction Helicopters
902CH is still flying for Construction Helicopters
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Beech Staggerwing. Almost as Art Deco as AGC’s terminal building.
Beech Staggerwing. Almost as Art Deco as AGC’s terminal building.
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Out to stretch her wings.
Out to stretch her wings.
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Home Again
Home Again
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A Cessna at Allegheny County was a sure bet, but on floats? The want was strong.
A Cessna at Allegheny County was a sure bet, but on floats? The want was strong.
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