This series of photos shows the B-29 that was recovered from China Lake
in the early 1970s and donated to the Republic of Korea Air Force museum
at the Yoido airbase. Since that time, the Korean Aerospace Industries
developed and opened a new air and space museum in Sachon. The B-29
was moved to Sachon in 1995, and went on display at the new KAI museum
in the early 2000s.
These photos were kindly offered to me by Mr. Jeyon Park, a resident of
South Korea. Mr. Park visited the museum on December 14, 2008, and took
the five photos that are included on this page. These photos show that
the Superfortress is in excellent condition and is being well taken care
of. The aircraft looks like it just rolled off of the assembly line.
I normally only use my own photography. The fun of doing this website
is tracking down all of these aircraft, and visiting them in person to
take the photos. However, it is not likely that I am going to get a
chance to visit South Korea in the near future, so in this case, I used
photos that were contributed by another photographer.
The photo above is the guide sign that is posted in front of the nose
of the aircraft. The sign includes both Korean and English text. The
photo below is port side inboard engine nacelle.
The photo above is the rear of the bomb bay, while the photo below shows
the front of the bomb bay. The tunnel that runs from the front to the
back of the aircraft is visible in the top of the photo below. The
round center circle is a hatch in the front pressure compartment that
allows access to the bomb bay in flight.