It’s May 21, 1995, and a team of salvagers have finished their work on the B-29 Superfortress named Kee Bird. Kee Bird had originally crashed in the Arctic wastes of northern Greenland back in 1947. Nearly 50 years on, though, and the stricken aircraft’s four engines begin to fire up yet again. But will the group be able to return the huge WWII plane to the skies?
Yet before we find out about what happened to Kee Bird on that spring day, let’s take a look at the wider history of the Boeing B-29 Superfortress. The plane’s story starts in 1939, when the U.S. Army Air Corps – the predecessor to the U.S. Air Force – put together a specification for a new long-range superbomber.
At this time, although the U.S. was not yet a participant in WWII, senior Air Corps officers certainly had an eye on what Nazi Germany was up to. The top brass wanted a plane, then, that had a strangely precise range of 2,667 miles. The aircraft, they decreed, should also have a top flying speed of 400 mph and be able to carry 20,000 pounds of bombs – a tall order indeed.