Boeings and Bells star at Oshkosh

B-29s Doc and Fifi airborne together at Oshkosh on 29 July.
The CAF Dixie Wing’s P-63A Kingcobra 42-68941, which first flew following restoration at Atlanta on 19 February, has now been painted in the markings it wore while being used as a test aircraft with NACA during 1945. More on the P-63 in next month’s issue.

WARBIRD highlights of the Experimental Aircraft Association’s AirVenture show at Oshkosh from 24-30 July included the incredible sight of two Boeing B-29 Superfortresses in the air together for the first time in more than half a century. The Commemorative Air Force’s well-known B-29A 44-62070 Fifi was joined by 44-69972 Doc, operated by Doc’s Friends from Wichita, Kansas. Doc made its maiden post-restoration flight on 17 July 2016 (see Aeroplane September 2016), and its debut air display appearance on 6 May this year at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana.

The show also boasted three Bell P-63 Kingcobras and a P-39Q Airacobra from the Central Texas Wing of the Commemorative Air Force, the first time such a large gathering of these rear-engine fighters had been seen since the Cleveland Air Races of the late 1940s.