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PostPosted: Mon Jan 14, 2013 8:43 am 
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Congratulations to the B-24/B-29 Squadron from your friends at VFM!

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PostPosted: Sun Feb 10, 2013 5:00 am 
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I learned that FIFI's spare engine was purchased for the Sq. by CAF HQ, and the repairs turned out not nearly as bad as originally thought. However, I have not heard yet what part actually failed and what was the resulting damage? Please advise.


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The accessory drive shaft broke.


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PostPosted: Tue Feb 19, 2013 10:06 pm 
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F1F1 flew over my house today. I was patrolling the perimeter and runway with my Germanic Sheep Herding K-9. We waved and F1F1 waved back :spit


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 01, 2013 9:41 pm 
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Hi ya'll. Not sure if I'm posting this in the right place, but oh well I'm a newbie.

Stumbled across this place after googling B-29 Bombers because July 21st when the Air Power History Tour was in Marion, IL me and my gal went for the ride of our lives on FIFI.

I am still speechless, humbled and awed. Since our flight I have read all 68 pages of this thread.
I hope that at least a few of the people that gave their blood, sweat and tears to get this beautiful old gal back in the air read this, because this 55 yr. old son of a WWII vet was grinning from ear to ear.
THANK YOU.

Well.....I'm starting to get tears in my eyes writing this, so THANK YOU again to all of you guys and gals who made this possible. Gary Austin's spirit was with us.

Brian
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A footnote to the above post. In picture #8 we had just landed, standing third from the right is Neils Agather our co-pilot. Before the flight our pilot who's name I don't remember introduced him and told us what the A on the tail stood for and who FIFI was named after.

During our post flight cockpit tour I told the pilot the landing was smoother then most commercial flights I had been on and he said Neils landed the plane and he has only been flying it for 3 months!

Quite a day, that we will never forget.

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Prop Dome, It looks like the pilot was Tom Travis.


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PostPosted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 12:44 pm 
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Agree, that looks like Tom. He's a great stick. Had the pleasure of flying behind him in the R4D more than a few times. Even when he's putting it down on a shorter strip, the touchdown is smooth as silk. All those years flying tin cans for American certainly show.


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PostPosted: Tue Aug 06, 2013 10:37 pm 
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Well......I'm a nobody here, you guys certainly know more than I, but I was there in person in Marion, IL, flew on FIFI, Neils Agather was our co-pilot and I'm pretty sure the pic I posted was him. Saw him closeup before and after the flight.

Really doesn't matter though, CAUSE I FLEW ON FIFI!!!!!!

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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:58 am 
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Prope Dome. As B-29 FE said, That is Neils Agather, your co-pilot, in the flight suit. Tom Travis, who had already taken
off his flight suit, (His flight suit is in his hands) is standing beside him. The other person in the flight suit is Gene Dickinson,
who was your left Scanner in photo #7, the Previous photo.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 07, 2013 1:11 pm 
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b29flteng wrote:
Prop Dome, It looks like the pilot was Tom Travis.

Boy.....some people sure are dense sometimes. b29flteng I didn't read your post very closely did I? :oops:
I guess I'm not quite back to earth yet.

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Prope Dome. As B-29 FE said, That is Neils Agather, your co-pilot, in the flight suit. Tom Travis, who had already taken
off his flight suit, (His flight suit is in his hands) is standing beside him. The other person in the flight suit is Gene Dickinson,
who was your left Scanner in photo #7, the Previous photo.


Tom was a really nice guy, so was Gene and our right scanner. I'll see if I have a pic of our right scanner.

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Great photos! As someone who is studying to be a scanner on the B-29 "Doc" its good to see some scanners on the job (even manning the APU). I bet it was the most memorable ride of your life!

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:20 pm 
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Thanks Jeremy,

To say that it was the ride of a lifetime is a definite under statement.

Although the front is the best seat, sitting in the back with the scanners was fascinating.
Extremely important job. Every single aspect of the flight the scanners were going through
their checklists and mostly looking out the windows, flaps, engines, etc. Once the engines
started conversation was impossible so one or the other would bang on the floor to get the
others attention and then do a thumbs up or down. Only saw a thumbs down once and then
quickly it was a thumbs up. WHEW!

Good luck on the scanner thing. I'm envious, YOU are going to have the "rides" of a lifetime.
I've been following the Doc thread, really exciting. Can't wait for the first flight. Maybe we'll go
for a ride with you!

If you want pm me your email and I'll send you some short videos of the flight.

All the best and Merry Christmas,

Brian

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PostPosted: Thu Dec 19, 2013 11:59 pm 
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PM inbound!

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FIFI is the main actor in my short video clip taken at Oshkosh 2013:
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