95-year-old Irvine veteran gets one more mission on a B-29 – Orange County Register

As a member of the U.S. Army Air Corp and U.S. Army Air Forces during World War II, Jack Keene piloted B-24s and B-29s in 50 bombing mission and flew 100 missions transporting supplies over the Himalayas.

The retired lieutenant colonel, now 95 and a 40-year resident of Irvine, recently logged one more mission.

Still mentally sharp and physically fit, Keene, a widower with four sons, four grandchildren and four great grandchildren, went up in a Boeing B-29 Superfortress named FIFI at Camarillo Airport on April 29.

FIFI, one of only two remaining airworthy B-29s, is part of a fleet of World War II era aircraft on the Commemorative Air Force AirPower History Tour. The squadron makes stops at airports throughout the country.

But the flight was a bit anticlimactic for Keene, said his grandson Grant Keene, 30, of Coto de Caza, who organized the flight for his grandfather.

“He was very upset that…

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