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
    famous B-29.

    "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
    http://www.cavanaughflightmuseum.com/
    .

 

   

     
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