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WWII planes land at BTR Metro

3 years 2 days 20 hours ago Monday, October 20 2014 Oct 20, 2014 October 20, 2014 2:43 PM October 20, 2014 in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Russell Jones

BATON ROUGE - The world's only flying B-29 Superfortress landed Monday at Baton Rouge Regional Airport for a special display, along with other historic planes.

The historic bomber and other vintage military aircraft will be on display at the airport through Wednesday. Alongside the B-29 is a B-24 Diamond Lil and C-45 Expeditor Bucket of Bolts.

Visitors can tour the B-29 cockpit or buy flights in all the airplanes.

The B-29 went into active service in 1944 and was involved in bombing campaigns in Japan at the end of World War II. The bomber was also used during the Korean War in the early 1950s, and was a staple of the U. S. Air Force until the end of that decade.

The B-29 is visiting local airports throughout the U. S. as part of the Commemorative Air Force's history tour. They acquired the Superfortress on display in Baton Rouge in the 1970s from a U. S. Navy proving ground where the plane was being used as a missile target.

More information about ticket prices and reservations for flights in the historic aircraft may be made at AirPowerTour.org.

 

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