WWII B-29 Bomber found at the bottom of Lake Mead

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  1. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Because of a recent drought and water levels dropping from over 300 feet to an all time low of 100 feet, divers and researchers have been able to get to the wreck of the B-29 WWII Bomber.



    One of the most famous planes built by the US military has been found at the bottom of Lake Mead, a B-29 bomber. Preserved for nearly 70 years. The B-29 was the most advanced bomber ever built by the US at the time. It flew higher and farther than any other military plane and it was the same type of bomber that dropped the atomic bomb on Japan. This plane was retired from WWII and was used to test guidance systems for early nuclear missiles. While flying over Lake Mead in 1948, the pilots lost depth perception. The plane hit the water at 200 MPH and it lost 3 out of 4 engines and sat upright at the bottom of the lake. The crew survived. It was kept quiet because of the nature of it's mission.

    Because Lake Mead has no strong currents at all, the plane sits intact and looks exactly like it did when it sank.





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    I got to ride on a B-27 years ago. Smoothest flight ever. Don't make them like that anymore.
     
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    I don't know how to dive, but I'd love to go down there and photograph that sucker.
     
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    Look how dark it is down there
     
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    SouthernListen I don't follow the crowd. Sorry about that. VIP

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    Was this like Gary going to the moon in a trash can? Because I'm not sure there's a B-27.
     
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    Lake Mead is drying up.
     
  7. LaserT

    LaserT You have to have fun. Gold

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    Indeed it is.
     
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    holy shit, they could lift that out and have it back in the fleet in a week. that thing looks great.
     
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    That plane is cool, but i am actually blown away by that scuba gear! Looks like they each have 3 or 4 tanks. Is that special gear or something? That shit must weigh a hundred pounds!
     
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    Mixed gas setup for extended deep dives me thinks.
     
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    I was gonna bring that up. You'll be able to see more in there soon.
     
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    I was thinking the same. I mean why else have so many tanks unless you would be down for a real long time. Im not really familiar with that stuff, though i loved the movie Jaws. What's the difference between a mixed gas setup with two tanks, compared to a one tank system that makes them better for deep dives?
     
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    I think you breathe a larger concentration of nitrogen and it somehow helps combat the bends.

    I'm no diver but I read all the Clive Cussler-Dirk Pitt novels. :crazybye:
     
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    Awesome pics!
     
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    I had a ride in a B-17 once, one of the cooler things Ive had the opportunity to do.

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    Yeah that does look like heavy duty scuba gear.
     
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    Not sure if any of the crew is alive today(you never know), but imagine them being able to see this now.
     
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    My father-in-law rode in a B-17 25 times. I don't think he enjoyed it!!! Of course, a tail gunner was a shitty thing to be.

    Those things were built for one thing - delivering tonnage. Couldn't believe how loud and "smoky" the engines were.

    Seriously, I took him to see a "vintage" one when it came around to the local airport - he got "that look" and I knew we had to get out if there because he was back over Ploesti getting his ass shot at!
     
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    if the lake dries up i'll move back to Jersey.
     
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    I had it backwards. Less nitrogen but replaced with helium.