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History flies in to Valdosta

Jim Galloway Jim Galloway
Debbie King Debbie King
Nick Novak Nick Novak

The world's only flying B-29 Superfortress landed at Valdosta Regional Airport shortly after noon Monday.

It's one of three historic aircraft that will be on display at the airport over the next two days as part of the Commemorative Air Force's AirPower History Tour.

"What's amazing is, these things were built in 1945, 1946, and they're still flying today," pointed out Jim Galloway, Airport Manager at Valdosta Regional Airport. "Can you imagine driving a car that was built in 1945 or 1946? It's just an experience that there's only one way to get it, and that's up close and personal."

People can tour the planes from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children.

The B-29 Superfortress on display at Valdosta Regional Airport is just like the B-29 that dropped the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.

Debbie King is one of only three women to ever pilot a B-29. She says it's an honor, but it's also a lot to live up to.

"There's a little bit of pressure involved, but it's certainly an honor; absolutely an honor," King admitted.

The B-29's commander says flying the B-29 is unlike anything pilots experience today.

"It's truly a crew airplane. We have to have six people on the airplane with us and we work as a crew to do everything from start up to landing to puttin' her in the chalks," explained Nick Novak, the B-29's Commander.

You can see for yourself, but you better hurry before these pieces of history literally fly away.

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