Rarely Seen B-29 Open to the Public

  • May 19, 2015 11:55pm GMT
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If seeing "Fifi" or waiting for "Doc" to eventually come to your town can't happen too soon, you now have another B-29 to visit! But you'll have to break out the SCUBA gear to check it out.

Discovered in 2001, the B-29 made a forced landing in Lake Meade on 21 July 1948. AF 45-21847 was modified into an F-13 reconnaissance platform and performing atmospheric research when it hit the water.

The B-29 was on a classified mission carrying a crew of five and was ditched into Lake Mead, skimming across the water, ripping off all but one engine. The five men floated for six hours until they were rescued.

Confusion about where the plane sunk caused the plane wreckage to go missing for more than 50 years until it was found in 2001 with the use of sonar.

The B-29 Superfortress crash site is only open for a limited time. For the next two years, they'll run about 100 dives a year, limiting the number to prevent damage to the crash site itself.

Wanna dive it? Here you go...