Cadets Meet "Fifi"
Cadets from the David Lee "Tex" Hill Composite Squadron TX-435 in San Marcos, Texas were introduced to some significant airplane history when the Commemorative Air Force B-29 “Fifi” and B-24 “Diamond Lil” visited the San Marcos Airport over the weekend of Oct 1-3 as part of the Air Power History Tour. While almost 4,000 B-29’s were built between 1942 and 1945, there are only two flying examples of this historic aircraft.
Seven TX435 Cadets (C/2Lt Jeremiah Wood, C/CMS Tanner Lewis, C/MSgt Ethan Harrison, C/SrA Andrew Bailey, C/A1C Gabriel Muldrow, C/A1C Martin Nguyen, C/Amn Jack Evans), and two Senior Members (Lt Col Rich Ferguson and 2nd Lt Tom Roach) assisted the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) Central Texas Wing at San Marcos Regional Airport, in parking autos for the Air Power History Tour. The “Tour” included all the aircraft assigned at the CAF Centex Wing taking guests on flights over the area in their T-6 Texan, T-28 Trojan, T-34 Mentor, UA3 (Cessna 310), Iks’s Air Force One (Aero Commander), BT-13, and C-47, “That's All Brother”. Flying in from Ft Worth TX, were the B-24 “Diamond Lil” and B-29 “FiFi” also provided guest flights. Static displays of other Centex Wing aircraft and vehicles such as the B-25 Mitchell, C-45, helicopter, mock-up cockpits, and the Museum, also provided plenty of things to see and do.
Photos by Lt Col Rich Ferguson, 2nd Lt Tom Roach and C/2Lt Jeremiah Wood.
CAF Pilot Col W. A. Calley with cadets C/2Lt Jeremiah Wood and C/A1C Martin Nguyen in front of the B-29 “Fifi”.
Cadets C/A1C Martin Nguyen, C/A1C Gabriel Muldrow, and C/2Lt Jeremiah Wood, in front of B-24, "Diamond Lil".
Cadets C/A1C Martin Nguyen, C/2Lt Jeremiah Wood, and C/A1C Gabriel Muldrow, in front of C-47, “That's All Brother”, the troop carrier aircraft that led all airborne troops over Normandy beaches on D-Day.