Smith-Erwin Radio Operator Position -- K1NSS Photo
We're a group of volunteer radio enthusiasts working to preserve the legacy of the Collins ART-13 / ATC Radio Transmitter by recreating an operational Radio Operator position in the still-flying B-29 Boeing Superfortress also known as "FIFI."
On June 30th 2012, we celebrated its dedication as Smith-Erwin Memorial Radio Operator Position during a ceremony, at the "FIFI" hangar in Addison TX.
Admired around the world by generations of aviation enthusiasts, "FIFI" is flown and exhibited by the Commemorative Air Force -- dedicated to preservation, demonstration, and display of military aircraft through the ages.
This site is focused on our volunteer efforts culminating in the successful restoration of "FIFI's" complete original radio capability -- an authentic working adjunct to her modern onboard systems.
Visit the Commemorative Air Force site and click our LINKS for more about "FIFI" and the wider world of flying Warbirds. Too, you'll find suggested reading from broad historical perspectives to detailed technical documentation and thrilling personal accounts of crew members who risked their lives to keep these magnificent machines airborne.
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Rod Blocksome, KØDAS is one of a fortunate few "FIFI" ham operators to communicate from her renovated radio position. What's it really like? Read Rod's firsthand account for a bit of radio drama during an early shakedown flight.
Loney Duncan, W0GZV, is another KM4RC crew member, QRV during a "FIFI" tour from from Texas to Iowa and Wisconsin.
Key player Bob Kirby, K3NT also made many QSOs during the trip, here with Berlin Airlift / ART-13 senior service consultant Jules Yoder KW0Y (in phone set).
How high can she fly?
B29 Radio Operator Clyde Hussey found out and shares his story plus much more in this fascinating and heartfelt video presented by Wings Over the Rockies Air & Space Museum.Click their name and visit their site for a thrilling flight back and forward in aviation history. And for more about Clyde Hussey, visit our STORIES page.
Photo courtesy of Doc's Friends
FIFI Loves DOC!
All of us here at B-29 Radio Project congratulate Doc's Friends on Doc's airworthiness certification and historic restoration that continues apace.
Doc is one beautiful bird, thanks to the expertise and TLC lavished on this aircraft by some of the best friends a Boeing Superfortress could have.