by The Chicago Times Staff

July 12, 2021

ROMEOVILLE, IL — On Monday, a Boeing B-29 Superfortress landed in Romeoville.  Boeing constructed 4,000 of these planes during World War II and out of 25 are remaining only 2 remain in the air.  The Commemorative Air Force, a nonprofit association of vintage military plane enthusiasts, owns and operates one of those still flying, dubbed “Fifi.”

“Fifi,” together with a B-24 and a number of other old military planes, will be on display at the Lewis University airport through Sunday.  Starting on Wednesday, the public can come to the airport and, for a modest cost, see the planes and even step inside to experience what it was like to fly inside a WWII bomber.  They will also be giving rides this weekend.

Toward the end of WWII, the B-29 was deployed in bombing raids against Japan and in the South Pacific.