Historic "FIFI" Radios QRV

RADIO POSITION
Smith-Erwin Radio Operator Position -- K1NSS Photo

 


ABOUT US

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.


Smith Irwin plaque


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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THEIR OTHER SHACK IS A SUPERFORTRESS

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.

BOB K3NT JULES KW0Y

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).



Donnie Obreiter Photo
from "DOC"
for Commemorative Air Force

"FIFI & DOC are IT!"

Warbirds of a feather are back together in the sky at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. For a great article on the reunion by Frederick A. Johnsen in EAA AirVenture Today, CLICK and scroll right to page 22-23

B-25 REACHOUT!

We recently heard from a member of a sister warbird organization, the B-25 History Project in Fairfax, KS,
home of of the North American Aviation plant that kept 'em flying.

Mike Laney, KEØGHU, was inspired by our group’s FIFI radio restorations to tackle restoring a couple of Liaison and Command Sets, one for ground and one to be installed in a flying B-25.

Check out their cool site! BTW, aside from B-25 radio tips, Mike is on the lookout for an ART-13 transmitter, please contact him via the B-25 History Project home page email link.

 

Ground Station On Air!

Our Collins ART-13 B-29 radio ground station operated on 10/7-8 weekend from Dallas Executive Airport (KRBD) in Dallas in support of the WINGS OVER DALLAS Airshow. Thanks to all who partcipated!

For updates on possible future activations, join our Facebook Group and stay tuned via KM4RC Advisory.