September 18, 2003
Lost Plane

Jeff gets a side-scanning no-prize for bringing this "Lost B-29" site to our attenton. Apparently done as much to demonstrate a new imaging company's capabilities as to find a lost warbird, it includes remarkable pictures and video.

According to the site, a B-29 Superfortress was performing an atmospheric research flight in 1948 that required it to fly from 30,000 feet to "as low as possible" and back several times. Well, apparently the pilots got a little lower than "as possible", literally bouncing the plane off the surface of Lake Meade. The collision ripped three of the four engines out and set the last one on fire, but the pilots were able to ditch the plane successfully, and everyone got out. The plane then sat at the bottom of the lake undisturbed for the next 50+ years.

Very cool.

Posted by scott at September 18, 2003 11:29 AM

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I saw a History channel program today which suggests that the altimeters were set to sea level and therefore pilot thought he was higher than he actually was... causing the crash. History channel has the show for sale on dvd at Lots of great dive footage

Posted by: Keith on July 6, 2004 12:17 AM
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