Fifi, billed as the nation's last flying Boeing B-29 Superfortress, was supposed to arrive at Lexington's Blue Grass Airport Thursday but it was delayed while crews repaired a mechanical problem.
The historic bomber, which will be open for tours and rides, is now expected to arrive sometime Friday morning, said Jerry Landreth, a volunteer coordinator at the Aviation Museum of Kentucky.
When a flight crew fired up Fifi to begin its flight from Dallas to Lexington Thursday, they noticed a fuel boost pump in one of the engines was not working properly, he said. The pump was being replaced.
"With those old airplanes you don't take off unless everything is working the way it's supposed to," Landreth said.
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The World War II-era Fifi will be joined by a P-51 Mustang called The Brat III, a World War II-era fighter plane, which was still expected to arrive Thursday evening. The visit is sponsored by the Aviation Museum of Kentucky, which is located at the airport. Fifi and The Brat III are part of the Commemorative Air Force B-29/B-24 Squadron at the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Addison, Texas.
Tours of the planes and rides on them will be offered from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Museum admission costs $15 for people over 12 and $10 for children ages 6 to 12. World War II veterans will be admitted free.
Prices for rides start at about $600, though the plane can be toured for the price of admission to the museum, Landreth said. He said rides should be booked in advance, though there may be some spots available Friday.
For more information and to book rides in advance, go to www.rideb29.com.