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B-29: Frozen In Time

Sun Dec 22, 2002 11:47 am

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.

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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Sun Dec 22, 2002 12:13 pm

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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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Sun Dec 22, 2002 1:35 pm

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.
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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Mon Dec 23, 2002 2:25 pm

I think because of the limited time they had with the "summer" weather.

As to why the govt didn't get it right after...$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$

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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Mon Dec 23, 2002 4:03 pm

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.

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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Fri Dec 27, 2002 3:43 am

I got chills when I read the title of this topic.

What a truly sad story. My eyes actually teared up when I watched it.

The B-29 has always been one of my favorites. When we are kids, my grandma took my cousin and me to see The Last Flight of Noah's Ark.

Both of us bought models and put them together after seeing it. She's a beautifly bird.
 
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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Fri Dec 27, 2002 5:49 am

If anyone a fan of the B-17, the B-24 & the B-29, check out this site...
www.heavybombers.com
You'll be glad to know there's still about 25 surviving B-29s around the world. Regards.
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RE: B-29: Frozen In Time

Fri Dec 27, 2002 9:56 am

More info on "Doc":

http://b-29.boeing.com/

Thanks for the other link, FlagshipAZ!

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