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B-29 Superfortress
US Air Force History & Traditions Museum
San Antonio, TX


B-29

B-29 on display at the US Air Force History And Traditions Museum, located on the grounds of Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. This was an open base prior to 9/11, however, the B-29 was located next door at Kelly AFB at the time. Kelly AFB has since closed, so some of the aircraft at Kelly were moved to Lackland. However, due to the events of 9/11, Lackland is now a closed base, so there is no admittance for the general public. That is a shame since this is an excellent museum.

This B-29 is painted in post-WWII markings from an era when nose art was not allowed. As a result, the aircraft does not have a nickname. After the war, the Superfortress was converted to a training aircraft. It was retired to the US Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds to be used as a gunnery target. The aircraft was moved to Kelly AFB to be restored, then moved to Lackland, where it now sits on the parade grounds.

While you cannot get access to Lackland to photograph this aircraft, it is visible from a 6 lane street that runs through the base. The street is so busy that stopping is impossible as well as illegal. To add to the degree of difficulty, there is a building and a tree between the Superfort and the street. As a result, this is the best one can do for a photograph.

The photo below was taken by Mitch Mitchell, USAF, Ret, in the spring of 2000 when the Superfort was still on display at Kelly AFB. The final photo was taken in late 2006 by Mark Williams. Both photos are used with permission.


B-29
B-29

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