Thu, Aug 12, 2010
Flights Suspended While CAF Crews Check Into Roughness In
The CAF has suspended flight testing of the B-29 Superfortress
FIFI while they look into an engine roughness issue in the #2
engine on the aircraft.
According to the CAF website, flights were suspended on August
7th, and an update two days later indicated that "The second test
flights held on Friday, August 6 showed a roughness developing in
engine #2. A timing issue was resolved, additional inspections and
troubleshooting are taking place to see if there is a possibility
of an additional cause. Engine runs should resume Monday August 9
in the afternoon or Tues. August 10 in the early morning. Flight
tests should resume the weekend of August 13, providing all goes
well with the engine runs."
FIFI is the only flying example of the B-29 Superfortress, which
was credited with hastening the end of WWII serving as the delivery
aircraft for the atomic bombs dropped over Japan. The aircraft has
been re-engined with updated radials, and is scheduled to go on
tour with country music star Aaron Tippin in the "Red, White, and
Loud" tour later this summer.
FIFI flew for the first time in 4 years on August 5th. That 39
minute flight was uneventful, and the CAF still expects to have the
B-29 in Denver for the Colorado Sport International Air Show August
28th and 29th.
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