Lake Mead B-29 Bomber

B-29 bomber sits on the bottom of Lake Mead

Lake Mead B-29 Bomber

We’re nearing the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II. Many of the men and women who fought that war, and the machines they used to win it, are slowly disappearing. One plane built for the war is being preserved at the bottom of an Arizona lake. It’s available for the truly adventurous to explore. In 1948, that B-29 bomber was flying low over Lake Mead when the pilots lost depth perception. The plane hit the water at more than 200 miles per hour, three of the four engines were torn off, and the plane later sank to the bottom. Sitting upright the crew survived, but because of the nature of the mission, the crash was kept secret for 50 years.

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