Movie Monday – May 16 – Saving the B-29 Kee Bird

Aviation restoration projects may be commonplace in this industry, but they are never unimpressive when those passionate enough to attempt the undertaking seek to bring a flying machine to museum quality. It’s even more impressive when an aircraft is restored to flying condition. It’s a whole other thing when a Wichita, Kansas-built Boeing B-29 Superfortress is ditched 250 miles north of Thule Air Force Base in Greenland in February 1947 and a team heads into the wilderness to find, restore and fly it out nearly fifty years later. I won’t reveal the result, but I imagine I won’t be alone in remarking the haste, timing and execution of the project is terribly shortsighted and did not nearly justify the high cost of the project. NOVA’s B-29 Frozen in Time runs just under an hour covering six parts.

Parts two through six are below the fold.

6 Responses to Movie Monday – May 16 – Saving the B-29 Kee Bird

  1. Nicolas Cousineau May 16, 2011 at 11:30 am #

    Heartbreaking… I had seen it on TV years ago…

  2. Scentsy May 16, 2011 at 2:33 pm #

    Gives a whole new meaning to determination! I’ve been an A&P for years but have never seen anything like this! Great call on this movie Jon!

  3. wagga May 16, 2011 at 3:08 pm #

    I met Greenamyer at an airshow once. Here was there with the F104.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Darryl_Greenamyer

  4. Aiso May 16, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Great video. Thanks Jon.

  5. frank martin May 17, 2011 at 1:10 am #

    Favorite Quote:

    “You think you got problems? My tools are in the front of that thing!”

  6. Fisla May 18, 2011 at 5:59 pm #

    One person dead and the kee bird gone forever; what a terrible outcome! I must confess that I was quite moved. Thanks for the referral and keep them coming!