The story of B-29 “KEE BIRD” FROZEN FOR 50 YEARS

The story of B-29 “KEE BIRD” FROZEN FOR 50 YEARS

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There are only a handful of B-29’s left, out of over 4,000. Somehow nobody realized it until it was too late. At one time the Arizona desert was covered with B-29’s, some flown in and in good condition.

They were all scrapped. There is one named “DOC” being rebuilt now and is expected to fly. What a sight that will be. As far as I know the only one flying now is “FIFI”, belonging to the Confederate Air Force.

Some 50 years ago a B-29 named the “KEE BIRD” was flying on a secret mission over Greenland, 250 miles north of Thule. It became lost and out of fuel crash landed with minimum structural damage. On the second day a plane flew over the crew and they knew they would be rescued. The next day a plane landed and picked up the very fortunate crew. They were lucky.

The plane went down inside the Arctic Circle where the climate is harsh, the sun never sets in summer, and the weather can change hourly from sunny to gale force winds. Certainly it is one of the most isolated places on earth. The Air Force released ownership of the Kee Bird making it available to anyone with the capability of flying it out.

If recovered the Kee Bird would be a unique addition to aviation history. The plane sat on the edge of the frozen lake for 50 years, enduring weather conditions unlike any place in the world.

Watch the documentary “Frozen in Time”: