B-29 and other WWII warbirds on display in Palm Springs this weekend

Boeing B-29 Superfortress known as aircraft that dropped first atomic bomb

POSTED: 05:06 PM PDT Mar 14, 2013    UPDATED: 05:06 PM PDT Mar 14, 2013 
PALM SPRINGS, Calif. -

The Boeing B-29 Superfortress, best known as the aircraft from which the first atomic bomb was dropped, landed at Palm Springs International Airport today four a four day visit to the Palm Springs Air Museum.

The B-29 was accompanied by a P-51 Mustang, British Spitfire, Japanese Zero, C-45 Expeditor, T-6 Texan, and a PT-17 Stearman. The airplanes will be on display until Sunday.

For a price of $595 visitors will be able to ride in the B-29 on a short flight over the desert. Flight times are at 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. All the planes will be on display from 9 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. each of those days as well.

Visit AirPowerTour.com for more information.

First flown in 1942 the B-29 was designed as a replacement for the older B-17s and B-24s, having longer range and greater bomb load; necessary for operation in the World War II Pacific theatre. The B-29 was also used in the Korean War in the early 1950s and was a staple of the U.S. Air Force until the late 1950s.