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