Historic Lake Mead B-29

Title frame of video shows a diver swimming up to submerged B-29 plane resting on the bottom of the lake. The diver is illuminating the propellers of the plane with a headlamp. A second diver is illuminating the tail of the plane in the distance.

A Piece of American History

At 9:51 a.m. July 21, 1948, a B-29 Superfortress, weighing in at 104,556 pounds, took off from China Lake, California. It traveled to a test area near Lake Mead to conduct high-altitude atmospheric research. After the last measurements were taken, the pilot took the plane a little lower. Both the pilot and co-pilot thought they were around 400 feet above the lake’s surface, but the altimeter was reportedly off. Around 12:30 p.m. traveling at 230 miles per hour, the B-29 struck the water and sank to the bottom of Lake Mead where it still lies today.
B-29 Site Plan

The History of the Lake Mead B-29


Last updated: December 15, 2022

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