B-29 bomber plane lands in College Station

POSTED: Wednesday, October 12, 2011 - 5:01pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 9:54am

COLLEGE STATION -- With an airport in town, it isn't unusual for College Station residents to see or hear low flying planes in the sky.

But today, you might have noticed one of those was a little different than the rest.

That's because the B-29 isn't your typical plane. It's one of WWII's most iconic aircrafts and it landed right here in College Station.

The B-29 landed at Easterwood Airport today and Charles Chauncey said seeing the aircraft takes him back in time to 1945 when WWII was still going on.

"It's been 65 years now or 66 since I've flown missions."

88 years-old and still flying. Chauncey, a veteran pilot, flew 52 different missions during the war. 35 of those were over Japan and his plane never took a hit.

"Our plane was called "Going Jessie" which means fast, going like a bat out of hell, and we had a mean looking rabbit for nose art and we got home with all four paws so I guess you'd say we had some lucky missions."

The B-29 was one of the first pressurized bomber planes used in the war. Aircraft like the B-29 could hold up to 20,000 pounds of bombs as soldiers flew it over Japan.

 And of the 3,900 B-29 planes made, the one at Easterwood is the only remaining plane that can still fly today.

Ole Nygren, co-pilot of the B-29 said, "It's a real honor being able to do this and show the public and the upcoming generations what it really looked like back then, what it really sounds like and smells like so it's a blast."

If you want to take a flight back into time, the B-29 and the B-24 Liberator will be at Easterwood through Thursday for tours and flights.


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