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Contact: Roxanne Dey, (702) 293-8947
Background: On July 21, 1948, a B-29 bomber crashed into Lake Mead while engaged in top-secret research. In the summer of 2002, the NPS learned that the plane had been found by local divers after unpermitted side-scan sonar searches. The discovery of the wreck set in motion a storm of legal, archaeological, and management issues. A final court ruling maintained NPS possession of this cultural resource that is part of Lake Mead's Cold War Legacy.
Who: National Park Service Submerged Resource Center (elite archaeologist, divers, and scientists) personnel, Lake Mead National Recreation Area personnel, and marine archaeologists and technical dive experts from NOAA
What: Media Day on Lake Mead to view submerged cultural resource B-29 Superfortress Bomber at the bottom of the lake. Each outlet will be allowed to shoot their own video/stills aboard the vessel and get their own one-on-one interviews. Shots available could include shooting over a reporter’s shoulder while they operate the underwater camera. The underwater footage projected on a screen would also be in the shot. Broadcast quality B-roll of the submerged B-29, taken by NPS Submerged Resource Center, will be available. There will not be access to a live (plug-in) video feed.
Where: Echo Bay Marina, Lake Mead - Reporters, photographers, and videographers will meet Roxanne Dey, Lake Mead NRA Public Affairs Officer, at the Echo Bay Marina courtesy dock and be taken by boat to a location above the B-29 Superfortress Bomber.
When: 9 a.m., Tuesday, February 28, 2006. It takes about 1 hour and 15 minutes to drive to the Echo Bay Marina from Las Vegas. We will not wait for anyone. PLEASE NOTE THERE IS SPOTTY CELL COVERAGE AT ECHO BAY. The group will then board a private vessel furnished by the concessioner from the Overton Beach Marina. It will take an additional 20-30 minutes to get to the B-29 site. Only six media personnel can get on the research boat at one time. While crews are waiting to board the research vessel, experts from the NPS and NOAA will be available for additional interviews. Media crews will be able to stay aboard the research vessel for up to 30 minutes to get images and interviews before returning to the Overton Beach Marina vessel. Estimated departure time from the B-29 site is approximately 11:30-12 noon. We should reach the Echo Bay Marina no later than 12:30-1 p.m.
Why: Public and media interest on the B-29 Superfortress Bomber has remained high. This media day will allow park personnel to update the public on the condition of the resource and plans to allow qualified divers to dive the site later this year.
If you would like to send a crew that day, please respond to this email no later than 12 noon on Thursday, February 23. A final schedule will be sent by email the afternoon of the 23rd.
Lake Mead National Recreation Area is a unit of the National Park Service.