“FIFI” COMING TO OSHKOSH
First visit since 1995 for world’s only airworthy B- 29
FLYING AGAIN AFTER A four-year renovation, the world’s
only airworthy Boeing B- 29 Superfortress, “FIFI,” plans a
much-anticipated appearance at EAA AirVenture 2011, the
Commemorative Air Force (CAF) confirmed. Part of the CAF’s
B-29/B- 24 Squadron based in Addison, Texas, “FIFI” will arrive
at Wittman Regional Airport Tuesday, July 26, and stay for the
duration, including flying in Friday’s air show, July 29, as part of
the daylong veterans salute. This will be the first appearance for
“FIFI” since 1995.
“FIFI” was refitted with custom-built engines—combining
Wright R-3350-95W and R-3350-26WD powerplants—to replace
the Wright R-3350-57AM engine used since the early 1970s. The
refit required reworking the engine mounts and some of the engine
cowling. Mechanical difficulties prevented “FIFI” from making
scheduled visits to AirVenture in 2005 and 2006.
LEARN TO FLY DAY
ZENITH AIRCRAFT ENTHUSIASTS
TO HONOR CHRIS HEINTZ AT AIRVENTURE
INTERNATIONAL LEARN TO FLY DAY is May 21,
2011. It is an aviation community-wide effort
helping people of all ages take that first step to
discover the fun, freedom, and accomplishment
of flight. EAA and other aviation organizations
and businesses are joining together to organize
introductory flights, seminars, open houses at
airports and flight schools, to create the next
generation of aviators.
A primary focus of this year’s event is to
offer introductory flights to adults who have
always wanted to discover flight. EAA views
these introductory flights for adults as a key
step toward establishing a year-round adult
version of its popular Young Eagles program,
which has offered free flights to more than
1. 6 million young people since 1992.
More than 80 events have already been
planned. Learn more at www.Learn ToFly.org.
AIRVENTURE CONCERT BAND
WELCOMES NEW PERFORMERS
LIKELY THE LARGEST GATHERING of Zenith
aircraft owners and builders ever assembled
will convene at AirVenture Oshkosh 2011
to celebrate the company’s various models
of airplanes and the man who created
them. Chris Heintz has introduced more
than a dozen successful kit aircraft designs,
including the STOL CH 701, Zodiac CH 601,
CH 650 LS and LSi, STOL CH 801, Zodiac
XL, STOL CH 750 light-sport utility kit
airplane, and CH 2000.
“Zeniths to Oshkosh” is a grassroots
effort created through various Internet
groups involving owners and enthusiasts
from around the world. Organizers have
reserved an entire floor at UW-Oshkosh’s
Gruenhagen Conference Center—there’s
already a waiting list established for those—
and they’re also arranging private housing.
Fifty aircraft parking spaces have been
reserved in the Homebuilt area; about
25 owners have already reserved a spot.
Zenith owners who bring their airplanes
to Oshkosh will receive a commemorative
PLANNING FOR THE AIRVENTURE Concert
Band is well underway, and conductor Elton
Eisle is looking for EAA members who play
a musical instrument to perform in the fifth
annual concert during AirVenture 2011.
Rehearsals are Tuesday and Wednesday
mornings (July 26-27) and sheet music will be
sent ahead of time so members can practice.
The concert is scheduled for 6:45-7: 30 p.m. at
Theater in the Woods on Wednesday. Sign up
through May 14; for more information, visit
Those who play large instruments can
reserve an instrument with Heid Music,
located near the airport entrance. Call 920-
651-4343 to reserve an instrument.
WIN A SKYCATCHER
ENTER THE 2011 EAA Share the Spirit
Sweepstakes for your chance to win
a Cessna 162 Skycatcher with fuel for
the year courtesy of Shell Aviation,
along with other great prizes. Every
donation to the EAA Sweepstakes
directly supports EAA programs like
Young Eagles, which allow members
to share the spirit of aviation among
fellow enthusiasts and the next
generation of aviators.
For more information, visit