What is the finaly story about KEEBIRD, the B-29

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pepsi71ocean

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SO i watched the documentary about KE Bird the B-29 that they tried to fly off of the ice shelf in greenland, and what happened to the plane since the fire.

is the plan even recoverable?

what about taking the numbers off of it and the useable parts to build a replica?

i know this is so left field from my P-51 and my Merlin projects but im just wondering.
 

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I think it is at the bottom of the lake after the ice melted in the summer. If i remember they were going to use the ice covered lake as a runway because it was smooth. Sad story.
 

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Let me rember a bit... that was that lake not dar away from the glacier?!
B29 Kee...

My opionion is that the recovering is possible. The lake looks like a oval, 1,2km at 800 metres. I think it should be not to deep, maximum 100 metres. The Atlantic Ocean is only 90km away, so a ship would be the perfect "base". I think you can get a lot of volounteers for the project,
but I think for ship and equitment you would pay not less than a 1/4 million and then you just got a recovered wreck.

Just my 10 noob pence ;-)
 

BBerson

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It burned before they left it to sink. If they didn't bother to salvage parts while above the ice, why would anyone recover the corroded remains in the lake?
 

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I was told when in Greenland back in march of this year that the Danish government has prohibited any further activities with the Kee Bird due to the enviromental mess that was left behind when the expedition failed.
No if, ands, or buts about it they are pretty upset.
 

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The hope got killed by goverment and laws.

On the technical site a recovering is possible. Tody I've talked to a geographic specialist, he said the sea would be around 50m deep, maximum 100m.

Sad to say, but with the right perople and some moeny it could be done, but if the goverment doesn't allow it, there's no chance. :-(
 

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if you want to see another B-29 fly, spend some time and or money here B-29 Doc Restoration Project Kee Bird will never fly, Doc could. IMO there is absolutely no point in recovering Kee Bird when another B-29 restoration is languishing for lack of money.
 

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Also there is Kermit Week's "Fertile Myrtle" out west in the USA, Borrego Springs I think? that could be made a flyer with a few dumptruck loads of $$$$$ and a lot of labor. Nothing much wrong with the airplane, it just needs to be put together.

Tomt, I apologize for not getting back to you, I just got back from deployment. Please send me another PM.
 

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Hm... I am usually more interested in german and japanese warbirds, these are usually very rare. The B-29 is not a very rare compared to a D4Y (1, recovered from lake), i think there are aroun 30 B-29 in the whole world.

@enemy ace

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