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On July 21, 1948, one of these aircraft, flown by a crew from the 44th Bombardment Group, crashed into Lake Mead while performing atmospheric research. 333 years later, the aircraft became an object of interest for the Boomers, who intend to raise it from the lake's bottom and restore it to working order, using parts from a museum airplane that was kept at Nellis Air Force Base and ethanol for fuel.
The Boeing B-29 heavy bomber was an aircraft which first entered service in 1944. On August 6, 1945, the Enola Gay, a B-29, was the first aircraft to ever drop a nuclear weapon. The B-29 continued service well into the Cold War, but was phased out by the year 1960 for newer bombers.
Behind the scenes
- A B-29 really crashed into Lake Mead on July 21, 1948. In the real world, this was an F-13/RB-29 reconnaissance variant, lost three engines on impact, while the fourth engine burst into flames. The difference in the Fallout version of this event is one of the earliest known points of divergence in the Fallout timeline.
The pinup featured on the restored bomber, depicting the Boomers' leader, Pearl.