Texas Warbird Report – CAF B-29/B-24 Squadron’s Brad Pilgrim

txwbr pilgram b24WARBIRD RADIO – The Commemorative Air Force Air Power History Tour is about to kick off and the squadron’s new HDIC Brad Pilgrim tell us all about the tour which will include worlds only flying B-29, “FIFI”. He will also tell us about the squadron’s move to Dallas and the B-24 “Diamond Lil’s” new home.

Join Zane and Brad, in what promises to be a lively conversation, on this all new Texas Warbird Report – Episode 13

Quick Link: http://www.airpowersquadron.org/

STORY UPDATE – Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery

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WARBIRD RADIO – On this episode of Warbird Radio Presents we work to solve a B-29’s mysterious past.  Inside the Warner Robins Museum of Aviation is B-29, 44-84053.  From the outside, 44-84053 is just an ordinary late war B-29, it’s on the inside where the mystery begins.

Unexplained seats in the aft section of the fuselage and missing records (prior to 1955) set the stage for something secret.  Was 053 part of a special forces unit post-war or was she a member of a covert mission during WWII?

Find out this week on Warbird Radio Presents – The B-29 Mystery.  For a complete update on the evidence we’ve discovered since the original broadcast, just keep reading.  Thanks for taking a look!

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QUICK LINK:  Museum of Aviation


STORY UPDATE (01/30/15):  Since broadcasting this story in 2010, Warbird Radio.com has confirmed 44-84053 was most likely used for Psychological Operations post World War II.  Its secret mission would have been to deliver agents behind the Iron Curtain in Europe.  With help from a retired USAF Colonel (who doesn’t want us to print his name) and some clever research, it was discovered 053 has a high probability of being part the Air Resupply and Communications Service.

Documented in Apollo’s Warriors – United States Air Force Operations During The Cold War, B-29’s configured like 053 were operated by the 582nd Air Resupply and Communications Group from RAF Molesworth.  In a strange twist of fate, the B-29’s that were retrofitted for this mission were stored and re-configured at the Robins Air Force Base depot in Warner Robins, Georgia before departing for Molesworth.  Today, 053 rests on the same property.

“The required number of bombers were soon pulled from the mothball fleet at Robins AFB, Georgia, and restored for duty,some with fuselage markings still showing the number of combat missions flown over Japan.  These modifications included removing all guns for self-defense, saving those in the tail turret, and installing a “joe hole” in the former aft-belly gun turret space for parachutists to exit.  Resupply bundles would hang like clusters of melons in the bomb bay to be dropped like bombs as the plane passed over the drop zone.” – Apollo’s Warriors

Some clues to 053’s past are still highly visible.  After careful examination around wheel wells and bomb bay doors,  black paint chips still remain.  The “joe hole” can clearly be seen in the aft belly turret and many other clues have helped lead to this hypothesis.

NOTE:  At this point, the only way to definitively solve the mystery would be confirmation by a crew member or photo of 053 in action.  So naturally, we’re working on that now (grin).  We have located some very clear documentation supporting our theory but before going to print we’re going to get the full story.  If you have any thoughts, we’d love to hear from you!

Matt Jolley
Warbird Radio.com

CONTACT: matt@warbirdradio.com

QUICK LINK:  Apollo’s Warriors

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C-45’s Can’t Fly Upside Down??? – Matt Younkin – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Ep 552

MattYounkinWARBIRD RADIO – Air show aviator Matt Younkin joins Matt Jolley on this week’s Warbird Radio LIVE!  Mr. Younkin is the masterful aviator who not only flies an aerobatic demonstration in a World War II vintage cargo plane, he also regularly flies the Commemorative Air Force’s B-29 FIFI.

 

Tune in and call in with your comments or questions this Tuesday night (1/27/15) at 8pm (EASTERN).

We’ll also check in with the guys from Warbirds News for a look at this week’s warbird headlines.  For more information on Matt Younkin and Warbirds News just click on the Quick Link posted below.

Photo courtesy Ricardo von Puttkammer.  Thanks Ricardo!

QUICK LINKMatt Younkin’s Website
QUICK LINKWarbirds News

STUDIO LINE:  478-787-4768

Enola Gay Navigator Dutch Van Kirk – Warbird Radio LIVE! – Tuesday

TUESDAY – PREVIOUSLY BROADCAST Oct 4th 2010  As reminder of what Dutch did on this date 68 years ago today,  here’s the rebroadcast of our 1 year anniversary show featuring his interview.

One year ago today Enola Gay Navigator Dutch Van Kirk was our first guest on Warbird Radio LIVE…tomorrow morning he’s coming back.  Hear the story of the world’s first atomic mission from the last surviving crew member.  Dutch’s story is one you don’t want to miss.  We’re also giving away the Gary Velasco Nose Art Panel…so tune in.  Warbird Radio LIVE (The 1 Year Anniversary Show) starts at 10am (EDT) .

NOTE:  You must be listening to win the panel tomorrow. When you hear your name…call in and claim your prize.  If you don’t call in we’ll continue to draw names until someone wins.

STUDIO LINE:  478.787.4768

SKYPE:  warbirdradio

EMAIL:  matt@warbirdradio.com

The Hartman & Hilt Show – AirVenture 2013 Edition – Episode 10

H&HOshkoshShowEDITWARBIRD RADIO – Join the Hartman & Hilt guys as they explore AirVenture 2013. On this special episode the guys welcome Tony Mazzolini from the B-29 “Doc” restoration group plus Larry Kelley and Lynn May from the Disabled American Veterans Flight Team and Ed Humphries of Toys and Models Corporation.

Listen in and laugh the hour away from Oshkosh.  Thanks for tuning in!

QUICK LINK:  B-29 “Doc”

QUICK LINK:  Toys & Models Corporation

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