12 May 15 – Restoration of B-29 Superfortress

If you haven't been to the Nuclear Museum recently ... you should go! It's one of the unique and interesting things that you can only do here in Albuquerque. People travel from around the country to come and see it ... and it's right in our backyard. Here is some information about the B-29 restoration project they currently have underway. Click the link at the bottom to learn a lot more about what they do at this museum.     I am a member of the Board of Trustees for the National Museum of Nuclear Science and History. We are currently heavily involved in a major restoration program for the aircraft and missiles that are on display in our outside exhibit area.  We began the restorations last year, and we have completed the restoration of the sail of the U.S.S. James Polk SSBN ballistic missile submarine and our F-16 which was restored from a battle damage repair test subject at Sandia National Laboratories to its former configuration when it was assigned to the “Tacos” New Mexico Air National Guard Wing assigned to Kirtland Air Force base.  We have done a limited amount of painting on our B-47 and B-52 aircraft, and we have repainted our Snark intercontinental cruise missile. With all of that work, supported primarily by individuals and organizations with historic relationships with those assets, we have made a good beginning.  We are now starting  one of our greatest challenges, the restoration of our B-29.  Our objective is to complete the external restoration of that aircraft by 9 August 2015.  That is the 70th anniversary of the  surrender of Japan and also the 70th anniversary of the delivery of our B-29 to the Army Air Corps. Our B-29 is one of only 17 of these aircraft remaining.  It was a “Silverplate” variation designed for nuclear weapons delivery and assigned to the 509th Bombardment Wing, the same unit which dropped the nuclear weapons on Hiroshima and Nagasaki to end World War II.  We will restore it to the markings it carried as a part of the 509th Bomb Wing when they were located at Roswell Army Airfield here in New Mexico. I am contacting you to ask for your support of our B-29 restoration project.  We are beginning the fundraising for this restoration with a Kickstarter campaign which runs through this coming Friday, 15 May.  The URL below will take you to the web site where you can learn more about the project and how you can donate to its successful fulfillment. https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nuclear-museum/restoration-of-the-b-29-superfortress-at-nuclear-m Thank you for your time in reading this appeal and for your consideration in supporting our Kickstarter project. Richard L. Perry