Surviving Boeing B-29 Superfortress Bombers

Surviving B-29 Aircraft in the United States

As part of the World War II military buildup, 3,970 B-29s were built during production at four assembly plants across the United States.

The Superfortresses were built by Boeing at its Renton, Washington, and its Wichita, Kansas plants. Others were built by Bell Aircraft in Marietta and by the Glenn Martin Company in Omaha.

After World War II, many of the existing B-29 aircraft were sent for storage, and ultimately scrapping at aircraft storage and disposal facilities around the U.S. The remaining B-29s helped build the initial bomber inventory of the Strategic Air Command when it was formed in March of 1946. Many served during the Korean War and as aerial tankers during the 1950s.

Only 22 complete B-29 airframes are currently on display in the United States. We've had the privilege of seeing, and photographing, 15 of these during the last two years.

List of Complete Surviving B-29 Airframes by State

The B-29 aircraft listed below are on display and accessible to the public except where noted.

S/N
Name
Photo
Location
Status
City
ST
44-70016 Sentimental Journey B-29 Superfortress Sentimental Journey, at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson Pima Air and Space Museum, located next to Davis-Monthan AFB Static Display Tucson AZ
44-61535 Raz'n Hell B-29 Superfortress Raz'n Hell Castle Air Museum next to the site of the former Castle AFB Static Display Atwater CA
44-61669 Three Feathers B-29 Superfortress Three Feathers, formerly known as Flagship 500 March Field Air Museum
March ARB
Static Display Riverside CA
42-65281 Miss America 62 B-29 Superfortress Miss America 62 Jimmy Doolittle Air & Space Museum at Travis Air Force Base
No public access - check with the base
Static Display Fairfield CA
44-62022 Peachy B-29 Superfortress Peachy Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum Static Display Pueblo CO
44-61975 Jack's Hack B-29 Superfortress Jack's Hack, on display at the New England Air Museum New England Air Museum
Bradley International Airport
Static Display Windsor Locks CT
42-93967 City of Lansford B-29 Superfortress City Of Lansford Georgia Veterans Memorial State Park Static Display Cordele GA
44-70113 Sweet Eloise B-29 Superfortress Sweet Eloise at Dobbins Air Reserve Base in Marietta, Georgia Dobbins Air Reserve Base
Cobb Parkway Gatekeeper
Static Display Marietta GA
44-84053 Big Red B-29 Superfortress Big Red Museum of Aviation
Robins AFB
Static Display Warner Robins GA
44-69972 Doc B-29 Superfortress Doc Kansas Aviation Museum Airworthy Wichita KS
44-87627 Unnamed B-29 Superfortress, Barksdale Air Force Base Global Power Museum
Barksdale AFB
Static Display Bossier City LA
44-61671 The Great Artiste B-29 Superfortress Great Artiste, Spirit Gatekeeper, Whiteman AFB, Missouri Whiteman AFB
Spirit Gatekeeper
No public access - check with the base
Static Display Knob Noster MO
44-84076 Lucky Lady B-29 Superfortress Lucky Lady Strategic Air and Space Museum Static Display Ashland NE
45-21748 Unnamed B-29 Superfortress in New Mexico National Museum of Nuclear History Static Display Albuquerque NM
44-27297 Bockscar B-29 Superfortress Bockscar National Museum of the United States Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB Static Display Dayton OH
44-27343 Tinker's Heritage B-29 Superfortress Tinker's Heritage at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City Charles B. Hall Airpark
Tinker Air Force Base
Static Display Oklahoma City OK
44-87779 Legal Eagle II B-29 Superfortress Legal Eagle II South Dakota Air and Space Museum
Ellsworth AFB
Static Display Rapid City SD
44-62070 FiFi B-29 Superfortress FiFi Vintage Flying Museum at Meacham Field Airworthy Fort Worth TX
44-62220 Joltin' Josie B-29 Superfortress Joltin Josie at Lackland AFB, San Antonio, Texas USAF History & Traditions Museum
Lackland AFB
No public access - check with the base
Static Display San Antonio TX
44-86408 Hagarty's Hag B-29 Superfortress Haggerty's Hag, Ogden, Utah Hill Aerospace Museum
Hill AFB
Static Display Ogden UT
44-86292 Enola Gay B-29 Superfortress Enola Gay, on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center Static Display Dulles Airport VA
44-69729 T-Square 54 B-29 Superfortress T-Square 54 in Seattle, Washington Museum of Flight Restored, shrink wrapped, awaiting indoor exhibit area Seattle WA


Another surviving B-29A is on display at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, UK. It's Hawg Wild, S/N 44-61748, is located indoors at the American Air Museum, part of the Imperial War Museum.


Map of Surviving B-29 Superfortress Aircraft

Shown to the right is a map of the surviving B-29 Superfortress airframes in the United States.

Click on the map for a larger, interactive version.

The First Remaining B-29 to Achieve Flight Status: FiFi

The only B-29 that continues to fly is "FiFi", maintained and operated by the B-29/B-24 Wing of the Commemorative Air Force (CAF).

B-29 Superfortress "FiFi"
B-29 Superfortress "FiFi"
Photo by the Planes Of The Past staff

The CAF had located the plane in 1971 at China Lake, and after long discussions with the Air Force and Navy, led by Dallas businessman and WWII Army Air Force veteran Vic N. Agather, the plane was rescued from the scrap yard. Ownership passed to the CAF on March 23, 1971.

about FiFi on this website

Doc: A Second B-29 Returns to Flight Status

Work has also been underway for several years to return a second B-29 to flying status.

The Superfortress known as "Doc" Serial Number 44-69972 has had extensive restoration done on it by volunteers at the Boeing plant in Wichita, Kansas where it was originally built in 1944.

B-29 Superfortress "Doc" at McConnell AFB Open House
B-29 Superfortress "Doc" at McConnell AFB Open House
Photo by the U.S. Air Force

"Doc" was one of a squadron of eight planes named as one of the dwarfs from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs story.

After the Korean War, it was flown to China Lake, California, for use as a bombing target. It became part of the United States Aviation Museum, Inyokern, CA, from 1998 - 2000.

It was later disassembled and moved by truck in March 2007 to the Kansas Aviation Museum for restoration.

In March of 2013, it was announced that a new non-profit group, Doc’s Friends, has taken ownership of the airplane and will support the effort to refurbish the vintage airplane. The airplane was then moved from a storage hangar to active hangar space donated by Boeing where volunteers resumed restoration work.

Doc received its airworthiness certificate in the spring of 2016, and made its successful return to flight on July 17, 2016, in Wichita, Kansas.

about Doc on this website

Partial List of B-29s Saved from the Aberdeen Proving Grounds

Many of the B-29 Superfortresses restored and on display today were saved from China Lake, California and the Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Maryland, two of the final storage locations for Superfortresses. Many in storage were destined for target practice. Among those rescued from Aberdeen:

  • B-29A-55-BN "Jack's Hack", S/N 44-61975, now on display at the New England Air Museum
  • B-29 "Big Red" S/N 44-84053 moved in 1983 to the Museum of Aviation at Robins AFB, Georgia (formerly known as "Bonnie Lee")
  • B-29 "Tinker's Heritage", S/N 44-27343 on display at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker AFB, Oklahoma City
  • B-29A-40-BN "The Great Artiste", S/N 44-61671, gatekeeper at Whiteman AFB, Missouri
  • B-29-80-BW "Sweet Eloise", S/N 44-70113, on display at the main gate of Dobbins ARB, Georgia
  • B-29 S/N 44-87627 at the Global Power Museum at Barksdale AFB in Louisiana
B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" in flight
B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" in flight
Photo by the U.S. Air Force

B-29 Kee Bird: A Survivor from 1947 until 1995

Kee Bird was a USAAF B-29-95-BW Superfortress, S/N 45-21768, of the 46th Reconnaissance Squadron. During a secret Cold War spying mission over the north pole, the plane made an emergency landing in northwest Greenland on February 21, 1947. The crew survived the crash and were later rescued.

The B-29 was left abandoned and untouched until 1994 when a privately funded recovery mission began to restore the plane to flying status. Engines and tires were replaced, and the plane successfully taxied for takeoff on May 21, 1995. However, a fire erupted and engulfed the fuselage in flames. The project, nearly a success, was ended.

The remains of Kee Bird were left on the ice shelf, eventually to sink to the bottom of the lake. The story of the project was later told on NOVA in the 1997 episode "B-29 Frozen in Time".

The B-29 in Lake Mead

A RB-29A Superfortress, S/N 45-21847, crashed into Lake Mead in Nevada on July 21, 1948, while on a high-altitude atmospheric research flight. The crew of five survived the crash, but the plane was lost in the depths of the lake.

The remains of the plane were discovered by divers in August of 2002. In June 2003, archeologists from the National Park Service Submerged Resources Center mapped and documented the wreck for management and educational purposes. The B-29 remains at the bottom of the lake today.

B-29 Survivors: Photos by the Planes Of the Past Reporters

B-29 Superfortress "Bockscar" S/N 44-27297 at the National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio
The atomic bomb "Fat Man" was dropped by Bockscar on Nagasaki, Japan in August of 1945
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B-29 "Bockscar" S/N 44-27297
B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" S/N 44-86292 at the Udvar-Hazy Center in Washington, D.C.
The atomic bomb "Little Boy" was dropped by the Enola Gay on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945
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B-29 Superfortress "Enola Gay" S/N 44-86292
B-29 Superfortress "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016 at the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona
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B-29 "Sentimental Journey" S/N 44-70016
B-29A Superfortress "Jack's Hack" S/N 44-61975 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT
B-29A Superfortress "Jack's Hack" S/N 44-61975 at the New England Air Museum in Windsor Locks, CT

B-29A Superfortress "Raz'n Hell" at the Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California
Composite aircraft built from three airframes: B-29-75-BW 44-70064 ; B-29A-35-BN 44-61535 (the original Raz'n Hell); and B-29-50-BA 44-84084. displayed as S/N 44-61535
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B-29A "Raz'n Hell"
B-29 Superfortress S/N 45-21748
at the National Museum of Nuclear History in Albuquerque, New Mexico
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B-29 S/N 45-21748
B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
at the Charles B. Hall Airpark at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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B-29 Superfortress "Tinker's Heritage" S/N 427343
Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Buzz Number BF-627, at the Global Power Museum
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Boeing B-29 Superfortress S/N 487627, Buzz Number BF-627
B-29 Superfortress "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force
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B-29 "FiFi" of the Commemorative Air Force
B-29 Superfortress "Hagarty's Hag" S/N 44-86408 at the Hill Aerospace Museum in Odgen, Utah
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B-29 "Hagarty's Hag" S/N 44-86408
B-29 Superfortress "Peachy" S/N 44-62022 at the Pueblo Weisbrod Aircraft Museum in Colorado
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B-29 "Peachy" S/N 44-62022
B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II", S/N 484112, Buzz Number BF-112
South Dakota Air & Space Museum, Ellsworth Air Force Base, Rapid City, South Dakota
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B-29 Superfortress "Legal Eagle II", S/N 484112, Buzz Number BF-112
B-29 Superfortress, S/N 44-84053, "Big Red",
at the Museum of Aviation at Robins Air Force Base, Warner-Robins, Georgia
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B-29 Superfortress, S/N 44-84053, "Big Red"
B-29 Superfortress "T-Square 54" S/N 44-69729 at the Museum of Flight in Seattle
Restored, in protective covering pending display indoors
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B-29 "T-Square 54" S/N 44-69729

 

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