737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 37 Posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3470 times:
Has anyone seen the NOVA episode about the B-29 that crash landed in Greenland? I caught about the last 3/4 of it on TV the other day.
A little background info: After the aircraft was discovered, a crew was sent to try and get it into flying condition so it could be ferried to another location for total restoration. The show chronicles their hard work in less than favorable conditions to try and get the plane off of the tundra before the winter weather struck. I don't want to give away the ending for those who haven't seen it, but I thought I was going to cry when it was all over. The video is available from PBS and I saw it on Ebay the other day for about $5 cheaper. It is definitely worth a look.
My question for those who have seen it is this: Was it not possible for the aircraft to be disassembled and transported in pieces to a better location or did the gentleman organizing the effort think that it would make for a more dramatic story to fly it out of the wilderness?
Also, does anyone know anything about the condition of Fifi, the Confederate Air Force's B-29? I had heard that she had a cracked spar or something and that there were no parts available for repair.
FlagshipAZ From United States of America, joined Jan 2001, 3419 posts, RR: 13
Reply 1, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 3427 times:
You're talking about the "Kee Bird". Yes, I know the story & fate of this aircraft. It would have been better to disassembled the old girl, but remember the conditions were harsh and getting more equipment there to dismantle her would have taken much more funds & manpower. As far as "Fifi" goes, I heard she'll be back flying pretty soon, along with "Doc", the only other known soon-to-be flyable B-29. Regards.
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737doctor From United States of America, joined Mar 2001, 1332 posts, RR: 37
Reply 2, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 2 days 15 hours ago) and read 3414 times:
Thanks for the reply, Flagship. I can understand how disassembling the aircraft out on the tundra would have been more costly, but hindsight being 20/20, it probably would have been less expensive than it turned out. A flying B-29 is of immense value, not to mention the human cost involved.
Lt-AWACS From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (12 years 6 months 2 weeks 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3313 times:
Fifi should be up a gain soon so to speak. I saw her in San Angelo last spring, where they had brought her out on a a short- about 50 minute flight from midland. supposedly her first in a while, She then was supposed to undergo more work.
haven't heard any news (while in Saudi), but I hope to find out some new info on CAF stuff now that I am home for the holidays.
I hadn't heard of this plane and hope to catch the program. Sounds great, thanks for the post and info.