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6/9/2014 (1 year ago)

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B-29 Superfortress spotted in north pole

Nearly 70 years after its crash, an artifact of the Cold War was spotted on May 1 by NASA's Orion P-3 airplane while on a routine flight as part of Operation IceBridge.

The B-29 Superfortress 'Kee Bird' crashed in the North Pole in 1947 while on a reconnaissance mission.

The B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" crashed in the North Pole in 1947 while on a reconnaissance mission.


By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

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6/9/2014 (1 year ago)

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Keywords: US, News, Cold War

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Named Kee Bird, the B-29 Superfortress was part of a reconnaissance flight to the North Pole to map the area and note any activity by the Soviet Union. The plane was forced to land due to poor weather, and while the crew survived for three days, the plane could not be salvaged.

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The B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" crashed in the North Pole in 1947 while on a reconnaissance missio

The B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" crashed in the North Pole in 1947 while on a reconnaissance mission.

"The plane wreck lies right in between two of major science targets-Humboldt and Petermann Glaciers-and because of that, we fly almost directly over it nearly every year," said John Sonntag, a researcher from NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. "When you spend eight hours a day, five days a week staring at a blinding white ice sheet, something interesting to look at comes as a rather welcome sight."

The B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" crashed in the North Pole in 1947 while on a reconnaissance missio

The B-29 Superfortress "Kee Bird" crashed in the North Pole in 1947 while on a reconnaissance mission.

Kee Bird was part of the, then newly-formed, U.S. Air Force, but at the time of the crash it was on commission by the Navy.


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