World War II airplanes with names like Superfortress and Liberator will descend on the La Crosse Regional Airport later this month for a three-day event presented by the Commemorative Air Force.
On July 26, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named “FIFI” and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Diamond LIL” will arrive, accompanied by a T-6 Texan and a PT-13 Stearman and other aircraft.
The public is invited to view the airplanes and purchase rides from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 26-28.
The Commemorative Air Force acquired FIFI in 1971 when a member rescued and restored the plane. Since 1974, FIFI has been traveling the nation educating the next generation about those who served in WWII.
The Boeing B-29 was first flown in 1942 and was used to drop atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. It was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until 1960.
The Diamond LIL is one of only two airworthy B-24 bombers in existence. The B-24 bomber was first flown in 1939 and was the most produced American aircraft of WWII.
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The Commemorative Air Force, which is presenting its AirPower History Tour across the nation, is the world’s largest flying museum with a fleet of 170 WWII airplanes.
Event tickets are $15 and $8 for children ages 10 to 17. Children younger than 9 are admitted free.
Airplane rides range from $85 to $1,995 and may be booked in advance at AirPowerTour.org.