Merrill Wien's B-29 Retirement Flight





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Published on May 7, 2006

This was my dad's last flight as a check pilot in June of 2001. He was fortunate enough to fly the Commemorative Air Forces B-29 called "FiFi." It was (and still is) the last flying B-29 in the world. Since he never got a proper sendoff from the airline flying he did for so long, we thought it would be fun to celebrate his last B-29 flight.

This was my first editing attempt using Apple's iMovie. I rode in the back seat of a T-6 with the canopy removed and my brother was in the fire truck. It was quite a thrill. The inside B-29 shots are from a flight I took in June of 1997. Note the Boeing 307 parked on the ramp as the B-29 taxis in. That was shot two weeks before that same Boeing 307 took a swim in Puget Sound. The 307 is on display now at the Smithsonian and the B-29 flies from Midland, TX. Take a look at their site:


If you get a chance to see this airplane fly, don't miss it.


The first song is "String of Pearls" and the second song is "In the Mood." Both are by Glenn Miller.

Special thanks to the volunteers at the CAF for making this possible. They're a wonderful bunch.


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