Visit a rare Boeing B-29 bomber in Seattle this weekend

The Museum of Flight at Boeing Field is hosting one of the world’s rarest aircraft this weekend: an airworthy World War II Boeing B-29 bomber.

The B-29s were a marvel of engineering and technology designed by Boeing in Seattle and then built at Boeing’s factories in Renton, Washington, and Wichita, Kansas (as well as by other manufacturers in Omaha, Nebraska, and Atlanta, Georgia). While nearly 4,000 were built, only two remain airworthy, including “Doc,” which was rescued from the Mojave Desert and restored by a Wichita-based nonprofit group.

With a pressurized cabin, the B-29s were capable of long-range, high-altitude flights and were therefore used to drop the two American atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. They were also used earlier in 1945 in the controversial American bombing of Tokyo. The DNA of some of the technologies used in the B-29 inspired the first generation of civilian transport aircraft and military jet aircraft, including the Dash 80 prototype that launched Boeing into the airliner business in the 1950s.

Tickets to fly aboard “Doc” on this tour are sold out, but the bomber will be open for cockpit tours Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.

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