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Airplane history visiting Henderson this weekend

Aircraft tours, rides all weekend long
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Posted at 2:35 PM, Sep 09, 2016
and last updated 2016-09-09 17:35:18-04

If you are a fan of airplanes and history, you'll want to head the the Henderson Executive Airport this weekend.

The Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour is in town and they have brought their iconic Boeing B-29 Superfortress bomber FiFi.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, first flown in 1942, began active service in 1944 and is best known as the aircraft whose missions over Japan helped bring about the end of World War II. It was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, with longer range and greater bomb loads. It was the first pressurized U.S. bomber and represented state of the art technology at the time. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.

Fifi will be accompanied by a T-6/SNJ Texan and a C-45 Expeditor.

The CAF AirPower History Tour provides powerful history lessons to audiences across the United States. Their collection of flying military aircraft brings the sights, sounds and stories of World War II aviation to the public at large. Visitors can view the aircraft up close, watch them fly, and also purchase rides in them.

The aircraft will be staged at the Henderson Executive Airport through Sunday. The airport is located at 3500 Terminal Drive. The event will be open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day through Sunday. Admission to the ramp is $10 for adults and $5 for children age 11-17. Children age 10 and under are free.

The B-29 will fly at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Aircraft tours will begin at noon. Supporting aircraft will be available for rides all day on Saturday and Sunday.

Ride reservations can be made at www.AirPowerTour.org.