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Offline PAULRIDES

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B29 Flys Again
« on: August 27, 2017, 04:15:35 pm »
I hope this is not something that has been floating around the Internet forever and all have seen.

A guy I use to work with sent it and I had not seen it. Suggest Open and Play.

http://mortefontainevillage.pagesperso-orange.fr/marcbrecy/b29.html

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Re: B29 Flys Again
« Reply #1 on: August 28, 2017, 12:50:32 pm »
Great find Paul and thanks for sharing.  I'm familiar with the story of "Doc" (44-69972) but it's not a story I get tired of.  I am in awe of the 30 year effort to restore the aircraft to airworthiness.  It's likely she's in as good a condition now as when she rolled off the assembly line.

Here's hoping for a long safe flying career for "Doc" as a tangible reminder of our World War 2 effort.  The B-29 program cost more than the Manhattan Project that produced the atomic bombs and was the single most expensive project of the war.  It produced a machine that pushed the aviation state of the art and was easily the most high tech flying weapon of the war.  Coupled with the America's other World War 2 technological miracle, the atomic bomb, the B-29 became the weapon that ended the war.  That's a lot of history to be embodied in an aluminum airframe.  But, as I can attest from seeing and visiting the other flying B-29, FIFI (44-62070) when she visited McGhee-Tyson a couple of months ago, to anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the machine, men, and missions flown there is a deep emotional reaction to seeing a B-29 on the ramp.  The B-29 casts a long shadow matched by only a few of history's Great Planes.



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Re: B29 Flys Again
« Reply #2 on: August 28, 2017, 05:14:11 pm »
The cockpit alone is amazing -- all that visibility.
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Re: B29 Flys Again
« Reply #3 on: August 28, 2017, 05:15:54 pm »
Some photos:

B-29 "Doc" (44-69972)

Before:



After:





B-29 "FIFI" (44-62070)

In flight

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Re: B29 Flys Again
« Reply #4 on: August 28, 2017, 07:29:30 pm »
Awesome machines!!!
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