Jim Cavanaugh to Sponsor CAF B-29 Bomber - FIFI
January 22, 2008 - The Cavanaugh Flight Museum ("CFM") and the Commemorative Air Force
("CAF") announced today a Cooperative Agreement that will put the world's
only airworthy B-29 back in the air. Jim Cavanaugh has pledged
$1.2 million sponsorship for the re-engine project of FIFI, the CAF's world
"This sponsorship, together with additional donations from CAF members,
should go a long way towards completing the project of putting FIFI back in
the air again," said Stephan Brown, President/CEO of the CAF.
"Fundraising for FIFI by the CAF will continue, as we still have other
restoration maintenance to perform, but Jim Cavanaugh's generosity will get
us a long way down that track," Brown continued.
Cavanaugh is the main financial support for the CFM and has been a long time
benefactor of warbird projects and the CAF.
"The B-29 played such a significant role in history that it is important
that this airplane be preserved. Because of my close relationship with the
CAF, I felt the need to get FIFI flying again," said Cavanaugh.
Additionally, the B-29/B-24 Squadron Staff of the CAF, which has been
assigned with the responsibility of operating the B-29 and the B-24A, voted
unanimously to base these two airplanes at the CFM. According to Lyn Fite,
CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron Leader, "Up to now, these aircraft were based out of
Midland, but this unit move will be beneficial to the Squadron in many
ways," said Fite. "We will reside in Addison Texas, at the CFM, for six
months, while we perform annual maintenance and we will tour on behalf of
the CAF, by our crews, for the other six months."
Steve Sheridan Director of Maintenance of CFM exclaimed, "We have the
facilities and resources to assist the volunteers of the B-29/B24 and look
forward to helping in any way we can."
According to Doug Jeanes, Director of the CFM, visitors of the museum will
be able to view this spectacular aircraft during its annual maintenance, at
no additional cost.
The Cavanaugh Flight Museum is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational
organization devoted to promoting aviation studies and to perpetuating
America's aviation heritage; the museum fulfills its mission by restoring,
operating, maintaining, and displaying historically-significant, vintage
aircraft, and by collecting materials related to the history of aviation.
The Commemorative Air Force is a nonprofit aviation association dedicated to
Honoring American Military Aviation, through Flight, Exhibition, and
Remembrance. The CAF has more than 8000 members within
75 units worldwide, flying and restoring 171 vintage Warbirds.
For more information of the Commemorative Air Force or the Cavanaugh Flight
Museum, go to http://www.commemorativeairforce.org/or