DALLAS – The Commemorative Air Force (CAF) will showcase a collection of World War II aircraft during its CAF WWII Air Expo at Dallas Executive Airport Oct. 3-5.
Four of the most popular bombers from that era will be on the ramp including FIFI (pictured), the world’s only flying B-29 Superfortress. Other attending bombers include the B-17 Flying Fortress, B-24 Liberator and B-25 Mitchell. Vintage military fighters present will include a P-40 Warhawk and two P-51 Mustangs.
Visitors will have the opportunity to tour the bomber cockpits, visit educational displays and even purchase rides on many of the airplanes.
“Our team organized the WWII Air Expo as a way to thank residents for welcoming the CAF to North Texas,” said Stephan Brown, president and CEO of the Commemorative Air Force. “We will fill the Dallas sky with the largest fleet of World War II bombers and fighters in North Texas since the 1940s. It promises to be an unforgettable event that families, history aficionados and aviation enthusiasts will cherish for many years to come.”
The CAF WWII Air Expo takes flight Friday, Oct. 3, and continues until Sunday, Oct. 5, with three days of historical programs and exhibits. Guests can visit the CAF Rise Above exhibit; a 160° panoramic theater where visitors watch a video highlighting the courage and determination of the Tuskegee Airmen. Veterans will also be on site to share their personal stories about their experiences during the war.
Visitors can ride on 10 of the historic aircraft, including FIFI, during the three-day event. Ride reservations can be made in advance online or at the event.
Aircraft attending the CAF WWII Air Expo include:
- *B-29 Superfortress FIFI L-19 Bird Dog
- *B-17 Flying Fortress Texas Raiders *C-45 Expeditor Bucket of Bolts
- *B-24 Liberator Diamond Lil T-6 Texan Farmer’s Daughter
- *B-25 Mitchell Yellow Rose *PT-13 Stearman
- *SB2C Helldiver T-28 Trojan
- *P-51 Mustang Gunfighter P-40 Warhawk
- *P-51 Mustang Tuskegee Airmen A-26 Invader
- Japanese Zero Replica *R4D Ready for Duty (*Available for rides)
The B-29 Superfortress, FIFI, one of the rarest bombers in the world, along with the historic P-51C Mustang Tuskegee Airmen will make Dallas their new home. The CAF announced Dallas Executive Airport as the new location for their national headquarters in April. The World War II Air Expo, hosted by the CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron, offers Dallas residents their first opportunity to learn more about the organization.
The event will be held at Dallas Executive Airport, located at 5303 Challenger Drive in Dallas. Admission to the Expo is $15 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 through 17. Children age 5 and under are free. Admission tickets can be purchased at the gate. Tickets for airplane rides may be purchased at the event or online. Parking is free.
For more information: CommemorativeAirForce.org