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B-29 At BDL Today (6/10/12)?!  
User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2492 posts, RR: 2
Posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3933 times:

Am waiting to board WN 356 to BWI and just saw (and heard) what appeared to be a vintage B-29 thunder away from runway 15. Anyone have any details? I'll try to grab a pic if time and sight lines permit.

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User currently offlineKPDX From United States of America, joined Dec 2005, 2730 posts, RR: 2
Reply 1, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 15 hours ago) and read 3875 times:

8-10 Windsor Locks, CT -- New England Air Museum

http://www.cafb29b24.org/index.php?o...ent&view=article&id=132&Itemid=487



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User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3831 times:

You would have had the B-24 Diamond Lil there too if she didn't have a nose gear collapse 2 weeks ago at CLT.

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Reply 3, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 3784 times:

Quoting NASCARAirforce (Reply 2):

I saw that  


User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2492 posts, RR: 2
Reply 4, posted (2 years 1 month 3 weeks ago) and read 3390 times:

Caught a pic while lining up to board but am having trouble adding it to my profile (even after deleting a bunch of old pics). Also grabbed a nice pic of an anvil-topped thunderstorm over NYC while heading down the Atlantic coast. I'll stop short of turning this into a TR, but will mention that we rocketed up to FL340 during our quick flight (normal cruise is FL250) and ended up looping around Long Island and the Jersey Shore to avoid the weather. The F/O asked the FAs to be seated no fewer than three times due to the "rough air" which IMO, never exceeded continuous light chop.

Does anyone know how often the B-29 takes flight? I've been up to BDL a bunch of times and am aware of the museum but have never seen the thing airborne. It was pretty active throughout the weekend, but at

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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12357 posts, RR: 25
Reply 5, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 3351 times:

Quoting 777fan (Reply 4):
Does anyone know how often the B-29 takes flight? I've been up to BDL a bunch of times and am aware of the museum but have never seen the thing airborne. It was pretty active throughout the weekend, but at

Indeed there is a museum at KBDL, but the flying B-29 is not theirs, it's a visitor.

See link above, the visitor is Fifi from the "Commemorative" Air Force.



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User currently offlinegeorgiaame From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 959 posts, RR: 6
Reply 6, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 22 hours ago) and read 3258 times:

I could be totally wrong, but I could swear that I saw a B-29 flying over Marietta, Georgia this weekend. It was not up close and personal, but that aircraft has a very distinctive tail, and I saw a B-29 tail! I know there is a dead one sitting on the grass on HWY 41, at Dobbins, but this machine, 4 propellers, very strange aircraft noise like I've never hear, and that distinctive tail was in the air. I assumed it was a hallucination or misinterpretation on my part, but now that this comment has been posted, maybe I wasn't crazy. Like I said, I know that I saw that very broad, very round tail, and I did not recognize the engine buzz (and I've never seen a B-29 flying before.) Comments? Do I need to see my ophthalmologist?


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User currently offlineJohnJ From United States of America, joined Jun 2000, 1656 posts, RR: 2
Reply 7, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 3199 times:

There is only one flying B-29 at present, and it was in Connecticut this weekend.

For clarification, the New England Air Museum does have a very nice B-29 "Jack's Hack" in its collection; that plane is not in flying condition. The flying plane is the Commemorative Air Force's "Fifi" and was in town on behalf of the museum.


User currently offlineNASCARAirforce From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 3178 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3045 times:

Quoting georgiaame (Reply 6):
I could be totally wrong, but I could swear that I saw a B-29 flying over Marietta, Georgia this weekend. It was not up close and personal, but that aircraft has a very distinctive tail, and I saw a B-29 tail! I know there is a dead one sitting on the grass on HWY 41, at Dobbins, but this machine, 4 propellers, very strange aircraft noise like I've never hear, and that distinctive tail was in the air. I assumed it was a hallucination or misinterpretation on my part, but now that this comment has been posted, maybe I wasn't crazy. Like I said, I know that I saw that very broad, very round tail, and I did not recognize the engine buzz (and I've never seen a B-29 flying before.) Comments? Do I need to see my ophthalmologist?

Not gonna call you a liar or blind, but the closest to the ATL area that the B-29 has been in the past couple weeks at least on its scheduled tour was CLT during Memorial Day Weekend. It could have made a stop at Dobbins AFB though passing through, but it wouldn't have been there offering rides. You sure you didn't see a B-17 from a distance, there are 9 of them still flying in the U.S. and I believe one is based in Georgia.


User currently offlinethomasphoto60 From United States of America, joined Jan 2000, 3924 posts, RR: 23
Reply 9, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 13 hours ago) and read 3019 times:

The CAF's 'FiFi' the world's only operational B-29 and is flown on special occasions, BDL was very fortunate to see this rare bird. BTW, check out these great shots of "FiFi" from Houston based photographer, Chris Ebdon

http://www.flickr.com/photos/av8pix/6702170297/in/faves-79103259@N00/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/av8pix/6702176837/in/photostream/



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User currently offlinegeorgiaame From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 959 posts, RR: 6
Reply 10, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2974 times:

I'm not certain what I saw, but it sure as hell was neither a 747 nor the Roswell flying saucer. It was big, it had 4 propeller engines, it had a piston engine noise that I've never hear before, and the tail was big and rounded. And it was flying toward Dobbins. Just say'in. It kind of gives you some respect/perspective regarding people who see "UFOs". This clearly is a UFO, albeit with propellers and a vertical tail.


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User currently offlinediverdave From United States of America, joined Mar 2010, 321 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 12 hours ago) and read 2967 times:

The B-29 is a beautiful bird.

Every time I see a B-29, I am filled with sadness remembering the tragic story of the Kee Bird.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kee_Bird

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military/b29-frozen.html

Was Kermit Week's B-29 ever flyable? I know it was not after Andrew.

David

[Edited 2012-06-11 16:57:48]

User currently offline777fan From United States of America, joined Jan 2006, 2492 posts, RR: 2
Reply 12, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2917 times:

"Fifi" was doing TOLs (apparently "for-fee" flights) on Saturday and scaring the crap out of my brother-in-law's neighbors in the process (their development is about 2 miles abeam of the longest runway at KBDL). I saw her depart once and was pretty impressed with its departure speed, as well as the ferocious noise it put out. Cool stuff.

Here's the pic I hastily managed to snap with my iPhone while lined up to board at gate B4. Apologies for the reflective glare.

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User currently offlineZANL188 From United States of America, joined Oct 2006, 3504 posts, RR: 0
Reply 13, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 6 days 10 hours ago) and read 2854 times:
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Quoting georgiaame (Reply 6):
Comments?

Are you sure you didn't see a P-3? 4 engines and a very similiar tail to the B-29



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User currently offlinetjwgrr From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 2425 posts, RR: 3
Reply 14, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 2673 times:

Here's FiFi N529B on FlightAware. Obviously not all flights are listed- probably flown VFR without filed flight plans:

http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N529B



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User currently offlinegeorgiaame From United States of America, joined Aug 2005, 959 posts, RR: 6
Reply 15, posted (2 years 1 month 2 weeks 5 days 17 hours ago) and read 2554 times:

Quoting ZANL188 (Reply 13):
Are you sure you didn't see a P-3? 4 engines and a very similiar tail to the B-29

I live 5nm downwind from Dobbins. Been seeing P3s, Hercs for going on 25 years. Nope, wasn't a P3. Didn't look like one, didn't sound like one, didn't have the tail stinger like one. But it did have wings, no sweep, so that rules out the flying saucer. If it wasn't the B29, the only thing else would have been a B17. Go figure.



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