CAF and EAA join forces for Heavy Bombers Weekend

MADISON, Wis. — In a rare gathering of World War II era aircraft, the Commemorative Air Force and the Experimental Aircraft Association are joining forces for a Heavy Bombers Weekend the weekend before EAA AirVenture.

The event starts Friday, July 26, and will feature the world’s only airworthy B-29 Superfortress FIFI (pictured); the B-17 Aluminum Overcast; and the B-24 Diamond Lil. Other attending aircraft include a P-51 Mustang, C-45 Expeditor, SNJ-5, PT-26, PT-17 Stearman and T-6 Texan. Most of the airplanes will be available for ground tours and rides. Additional ground tour aircraft include an Air National Guard F-16, and UW MedFlight Helicopter.

“The gathering of these historic aircraft in one location is an extremely rare occurrence,” said Gerald Oliver, a member of the CAF B-29/B24 Squadron, “We are excited to have the EAA and CAF join forces for the first time in an event that should garner international attention.”

Sean Elliott, EAA Vice President of Advocacy and Safety, said, “This is a historic opportunity for the public to view, touch, photograph, climb-through, and even fly on these aircraft at one location. Madison, Wisconsin made for a perfect stop for the EAA and CAF for their national tours on their way to EAA AirVenture the following week.”

The event will be held on the east side of Dane County Regional Airport at Wisconsin Aviation. Admission is $15 per person or $25 for families with children under 18. Children age 10 and under are free. Hours are 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday, July 26 through 28.

The Madison Mallards mascot, Maynard, will be available daily from 1 pm to 2 pm. Famous Dave’s BBQ, Silly Sweets Ice Cream, and other vendors will be available. Saturday evening will include Wisconsin Aviation’s 12th Annual 1940s-Style Hangar Dance: A salute to the troops, past and present; 7 p.m. to 10:30p.m. featuring Ladies Must Swing Orchestra.

Ride reservations are recommended and can be made at AirPowerTour.org, or at www.b17.org/madison for the EAA B-17. Or, call EAA reservations at 800-359-6217 or CAF reservations at 432-413-4100.

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