Aaron Tippin to Pilot Rare Plane to Nashville
Aaron Tippin will arrive in Nashville on Tuesday, July 2, in style. The singer-songwriter will co-pilot the Commemorative Air Force’s (CAF) famous Boeing B-29 Superfortress for a six-day stay at the Smyrna Airport, located just outside of Music City.
“For me, this is an opportunity of a lifetime to bring aviation enthusiasts and country fans together,” Tippin notes (quote via Country Music Tattle Tale). “I’m blessed because my kind of country music is patriotic and all-American. My involvement with the CAF caters to both aviation and country music enthusiasts.”
The aircraft, known as the FIFI, is the only remaining one of its kind in the world that is operational. First flown in 1942, it began active service in 1944, and is known for flying over Japan and helping end World War II. It was also used in the Korean War, and was actively used in the Air Force until the late '50s.
Also on display at the Smyrna Airport will be the P-51 Mustang Gunfighter, along with several other historic military airplanes including a C-45 Expeditor and PT-13 Stearman. The aircraft will be on display at the airport through July 7 for cockpit tours and rides.
Tippin devotes much of his time to performing at various Commemorative Air Force events, including the Red, White and Loud tour, which combines his love of historic aircraft with some of his own patriotic tunes. For more information on the Nashville event, click here.