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BEETLE BOMB (45-21847)

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Serial #:
45-21847 c/n 13741
Model:
B-29A-100 BW Boeing-Wichita (ex RB-29)
Current Location
Lake Mead near Las Vegas, Nevada.
Status:
Unrecovered

  • Accepted: 12 September 1945 - Boeing Aircraft Co, Wichita, Kansas
  • Delivered: 13 September 1945 - Air Technical Service Command / Oklahoma City Air Depot (OCAD) - (Tinker AAF)
  • Assigned: October 1945 - 4th AF / 488th AAFBU(Combat Crew Training Station-Very Heavy) - (Chico AAF)
  • Assigned: November 1945 - Air Technical Service Command / 4196th AAFBU - (Victorville AAF)
  • Assigned: April 1946 - Air Technical Service Command / 4117th AAFBU / Warner Robins Air Depot (WRAD) - (Warner Robins AAF)
  • Assigned: June 1946 - Air Technical Service Command / 4134th AAFBU / Spokane Air Depot (SPAD) - (Spokane AAF)
  • Assigned: April 1947 - Air Technical Service Command / 4144th AAFBU (Flight Test) - (Muroc Flight Test Base)
    • Assigned: June 1947 / September 1947 - Air Technical Service Command / 4127th AAFBU / Sacramento Air Depot (SAD) - (McClellan AFB)
      • conversion to F-13A
    • 1948 redesignated: RB-29A
  • Assigned: July 1948 - Naval Ordnance Test Station (NOTS) - (NAS Armitage)
    • Configured as research aircraft.
      • Cosmic Ray Research
      • Sun Tracker sensor unit installed
    • Crashed: Wednesday, 21 July 1948 @ appx 1300 hrs
      • (Pilot: Capt Robert M Madison)


  • 3 engines broke away and the aircraft bounced 200feet back into the air before "landing" on the lake.
  • Aircraft was flying a joint Army-Navy mission to measure gamma rays and radiation from the sun.
  • No loss of life. In August 2002, the aircraft was located using sonar and a ROV.
  • Divers explored the wreck. Aircraft is largely intact and well preserved.
  • Tail section and nose damaged. Engines #2, #3, and #4 broke away on impact. The Park Service will not permit recovery.

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http://www.warbirdregistry.org/b29registry/b29-4521847.html

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