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B-29A Superfortress
8th Air Force Museum
Shreveport, LA


B-29

B-29A on display at the 8th Air Force Museum at Barksdale Air Force Base near Shreveport, Louisiana. Barksdale has long been a bomber base, and the museum has a nice collection of retired bombers.

This B-29A has no nose art, but it does carry a unit number of BF-627. The paint scheme is a post WWII standard for the B-29 in an era when nose art was not allowed.

The Superfort was delivered as a B-29A during WWII, but served the war effort as a TB-29 trainer. After the war, the B-29 was stationed in England, where it was used to drop agents behind the iron curtain. The B-29 was reported to have been lost on several occasions. The B-29 was eventually retired to the US Army Aberdeen Proving Grounds, where it was in storage to be used as a gunnery target. The B-29 was rescued by the museum before it could be destroyed.

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