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World War II aircraft coming to region

From staff reports • May 6, 2019 at 6:30 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Aviation and history enthusiasts can view, tour and/or ride in World War II era aircraft at Tri-City Aviation from May 29 to June 2 with the arrival of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF) AirPower History Tour.

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress “FiFi” and the Consolidated B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” will be on display along with a C-45 Expeditor and PT-13 Stearman. Rides will be offered in all four aircraft, and cockpit tours will be available for both bombers when they are not flying.

Foodies will also have a reason to visit as seven local food trucks will offer sweet and savory treats throughout the celebration.

T-shirts commemorating the event are being sold for $10 each, with all proceeds going to the Appalachian Aviatrixes of the Ninety-Nines scholarship fund, which helps female pilots earn their wings. T-shirts are on sale now at Tri-City Aviation and will also be available at the event.

Admission is $15 for adults and $8 for those ages 10-17. There is no admission fee for those ages 9 and under.