BN Boeing-Renton
44-61669 (1)

44-61669 B-29A-40-BN C/N 11146

Flagship 500/Three Feathers

(previously carried the name THE MISSION INN)

  • Delivered to the USAAF on May 5, 1945.
  • Flew out of Isley Field, Saipan with the 883rd Bombardment Squadron of the 500th Bombardment Group.
  • Carried the nose art "Flagship 500" in the ball & spear insignia of the 73rd Bombardment Wing, also carried the nose art “Three Feathers” after the pilot Captain Feather’s daughters or possibly a brand of whisky popular during the war years, and tail code "Z-49."
  • Flew 11 combat missions before the surrender of Japan.
  • Served with 581st Air resupply Group at Kadena Air Base, Okinawa.
  • Sent to NAWS China Lake, California on 18 March 1956 for use as a test target.
  • Recovered from NAWS China Lake by David Tallichet & Yesterday's Air Force in 1975, and flown from China Lake to Dagget Field, Barstow.
  • Flown to March Field Air Museum, March ARB, Riverside, California in January 1981 for display.  On display outdoors with no gun turrets installed.
  • On loan from National Museum of the United States Air Force


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