Last Super Fortress B-29 takes to the air


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An evening pause: A bit of World War II history is saved by volunteers so that it can fly again.

Hat tip George Petricko.

7 comments

  • Frank

    Thanks George and Bob.

    I grew up on the base at China Lake where this plane sat it the desert. A few of us base kids would ride our bikes out to the boneyard (avoiding the security guards) and play WWII in them, taking turns in the pilot seat and as gunners. Some of the big bombers still had radio logs, headsets, microphones, and all sorts of pieces that made the game even more real for this 8 year old kid. All we had to add were the sounds of the engines and cannons as we fought the enemy in the skies.

    Its wonderful to see Doc restored and flying again. Thanks for bringing back the memory.

  • Joe

    Tough and sturdy in use, fragile with time and disuse, these are rare birds indeed! What the Enola Gay and Bockscar did to help end WWII saved so many lives for both America and Japan, and what the B-17’s and their crews did for Europe! These bueatiful aircraft should be preserved, they are national treasures..

  • Mitch S.

    Nice to see.
    Funny how the reporter was awed by it’s size. Guess he never saw a B36!
    Brings to mind the last time a B29 was brought back to flying condition… almost made it!
    (heartbreaking)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1u4YBwjQTds

  • Frank

    Thanks for that Mitch.
    I value seeing the dedication and sacrifice of these men towards a noble goal, even if it wasn’t achieved.

  • Steve Earle

    Thanks for the Link Mitch S. even though I can’t bear to watch it again….

    All that effort and even a man’s life. And all to satisfy a boyhood fantasy, so sad.

    Even the first time I watched the program (and I didn’t know yet how it would end) I remember yelling at the TV: “Cut the damn thing up and fly the pieces out to a nice dry hangar somewhere you idiots!!”

  • ken anthony

    My stepdad was an A&P mechanic that once worked to restore a B-17. That thing was so tiny inside that a bigger person couldn’t fit in it’s stations. He found it very satisfying to work on something you could appreciate seeing after you were done. He was born in 1930 and could tell you any WW2 aircraft by the shadow it put on the ground.

  • Steve Earle

    I know there’s at least one more intact B-29 sitting on the bottom of Lake Mead…..

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/1948_Lake_Mead_Boeing_B-29_crash

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