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The B-29 FIFI and B-24 Diamond Lil are proud to call the Victor N. Agather Hangar at Dallas Executive Airport home. When not on tour, you can visit B-29/B-24 Squadron aircraft as part of the Henry B. Tippie National Aviation Education Center museum experience. Please check our schedule page for details or call the NAEC for more information.
Henry B. Tippie
National Aviation Education Center
5657 Mariner Dr.
Dallas, Texas 75237
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B-29 Cockpit Tours
Make your way under the wing of the enormous aircraft and duck low as you enter the forward bomb bay. Here you will see bomb racks and bombs. Imagine standing on the bomb bay catwalk at 30,000 feet very carefully arming the heavy 500 pound explosive devices.
You then climb a ladder as you enter the forward cockpit compartment. To your right is the radio operator seat. Imagine the indistinct chatter of a 1940s high frequency radio. To your left is the navigators position. Imagine the navigator plotting your course over thousands of miles of ocean.
Moving forward the expanse of glass out the nose of the B-29 takes your breath away. Imagine watching a Japenese Zero diving in for a head on attack run. Before you get to the pilots stations you see the intricate maze of dials and switches on the flight engineers panel. Imagine what it would be like to be the crewman responsible for the mechanical condition of this machine. The flight engineer job is a never ending watch for any indications of a problem.
The pilots stations are well worn and expansive. Think about what it might be like to wrestle this beast through the skies. Manueverability is not something easy with this 100,000 pound aircraft. Imagine being the Aircraft Commander in charge of your crew. That was quite a responsibility.
Ahead in the nose sits the bombardier. He may have had the best seat in the house for visibility but was absolutely the crewman most exposed to attack. Can you imagine pushing the switch to release the bombs?
Come to our events and experience this tour first hand.